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As community backs workers, progress in Providence talks

(Jan. 9, 2020) — More tentative agreements continue to be reached between Providence management and its frontline healthcare workers represented by SEIU Healthcare 1199 NW, Washington State Nurses Association and UFCW 21. The progress comes as hundreds of Providence caregivers and their supporters held candlelight vigils Wednesday night outside Providence hospitals across Washington state.

As negotiations continue today, the unified unions vow to continue pressing for patient safety and fair contracts for all of the bargaining units representing some 13,000 Providence workers statewide.

UFCW 21 released the following statement early Thursday morning:

In a continuation of Tentative Agreements reached in the last 72 hours at Providence Hospitals, the UFCW 21 Service and Maintenance members at Holy Family reached a Tentative Agreement last night. Also yesterday, Tentative Agreements were reached at UFCW 21’s Sacred Heart Service and Maintenance unit, as well as two bargaining units (Professional and Technical) at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett. These advances for patient care and safety and improvement of workplace conditions achieved so far have been the result of the unity of SEIU Healthcare 1199 NW, WSNA and UFCW 21. These three unions represent over 13,000 health care workers and nurses at 13 facilities across the state in this current round of negotiations.

Ongoing negotiations are taking place today with UFCW 21 RNs at Providence Hospitals of St Peters, Centralia and St Mary’s.

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► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Providence, Everett medical center employees agree to a deal — After months of negotiations and a strike threat, union representatives for technicians and professionals at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett announced a tentative deal with the health-care organization Wednesday afternoon amid contract talks. The deal came hours after service and maintenance workers at Sacred Heart in Spokane and Providence negotiators agreed on a contract, according to a UFCW 21 news release. Negotiations are ongoing with union leaders from 11 other Providence affiliates, including Swedish Edmonds, as well as Hospice and Homecare of Snohomish County in Everett.

ALSO at The Stand — WSNA nurses at Sacred Heart reach Tentative Agreement


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