Community backs Swedish hospital strikers in Seattle

SEATTLE (Jan. 29, 2020) — Striking nurses and frontline caregivers at Swedish-Providence hospitals in the greater Seattle area got a big dose of union solidarity Wednesday when more than 1,000 strikers and their supporters marched through downtown Seattle and rallied together. They delivered a loud message that Swedish management needs to do something about chronic understaffing and to put patients before profits.

Picketing continues Thursday outside seven Swedish facilities​ in this three-day Unfair Labor Practice strike, and will conclude Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. when the strikers will return to work.

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Here are some scenes from Wednesday’s march that went from Swedish’s First Hill campus to Westlake Park downtown:

Gathering at Swedish First Hill


Marching down Madison Avenue



Marchers were greeted at Westlake Park by Machinists Union members and many others







Union Solidarity!



Washington State Labor Council Secretary Treasurer April Sims got the crowd fired up.

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