TACOMA (June 22, 2016) — For months, nurses at Multicare Tacoma General Hospital have been fighting to improve patient care and nurse safety through the Washington State Nurses Association’s “Patients Before Profits” campaign. With contract negotiations set to begin, it’s time to show these nurses that the community supports and appreciates their efforts.
All Tacoma and Pierce County residents are invited to join nurses at an Unfair Labor Practice Informational Picket and Rally from 2 to 7 p.m. on Monday, June 27 at Tacoma General on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way & S. 3rd St. Union members and other supporters are urged to attend, stand with these nurses, and show the MultiCare administration that they must comply with a legal order requiring them to provide rest break relief and settle a fair contract now.
Come fill out your own “Hey, Bill!” poster with your own personal message for CEO Bill Robertson; pick up a free Patients Before Profits T-shirt (while supplies last), and hear from nurses, community leaders, and other supporters from 4 to 5 p.m. A vendor will provide food for purchase throughout the event. Get more information and/or RSVP at the Facebook event page.
Can’t be there? Print, sign and get others to sign this Statement of Support for the nurses.
This message from the “Patients Before Profits” website describes their situation:
As nurses, we always put our patients first. But it is hard to give our patients the safe, high quality care they deserve when we’re working short staffed or going 8, 10 or even 12 hours without a break.
With profits of $177,000 per day, MultiCare Tacoma General has the money to fix our nurse staffing problems and give our community the hospital care they should be able to expect. All it takes is a shift in priorities.
If MultiCare put patients before profits, they would hire more nurses. If MultiCare put patients before profits, they wouldn’t have increased CEO pay in 2014 by 40% while increasing registered nurses’ pay by just 2%.
Tell Tacoma General Hospital CEO and MultiCare CEO Bill Robertson to STOP undermining nurses and their ability to safely care for our community of patients!
YOU can help deliver this message to MultiCare and show your solidarity with Tacoma General nurses by attending this fun ULP Informational Picket and Rally on Monday, June 27. Get more information at the Nursing Strong Tacoma General Facebook page.