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Picket, rally with UW caregivers Aug. 4

Nearly 4,000 nurses and healthcare workers in SEIU Healthcare 1199NW at UW Medicine will hold an informational picket Wednesday, Aug. 4 to call on UW Medicine administration to settle an agreement that respects their sacrifice, protects them and their patients from COVID-19 and future pandemics, and pays them what is necessary to recruit and retain the top-quality caregivers our community deserves.

Since contract negotiations began in May, UW Medicine has said no to equitable pay for all healthcare workers, to safer staffing proposals, to accountability for how systemic racism impacts patient care, and to hero pay for all healthcare workers.

Workers are united for a contract that guarantees safe staffing and ends the illegal use of mandatory call; offers wages, market adjustments and premium parity for recruitment and retention; provides COVID relief and recovery to honor the sacrifices of healthcare workers; and holds UW Medicine accountable to addressing systemic racism in our healthcare system.

TAKE A STAND — All union members and community supporters are invited to join UW Medicine nurses and healthcare workers on Wednesday for informational pickets at the following locations:

UW Neighborhood Clinics (noon – 1 p.m.)
Woodinville: 17638 140th Ave NE
Northwest Outpatient Medical Center: 10330 Meridian Ave N, Seattle
Federal Way: 32018 23rd Ave S
Shoreline: 1355 N 205th St

UW Medical Center – Northwest (2:30 – 4:30 p.m.)
1550 N 115th St, Seattle

Harborview Medical Center (3:30 – 5:30 p.m.)
325 9th Ave, Seattle

Joint Rally at Harborview Park (5:30 – 6:30 p.m.)
779 Alder St, Seattle — Rally speakers will include SEIU Healthcare 1199NW member leaders; King County Executive Dow Constantine; and Seattle City Council President Lorena Gonzalez.

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW is a union of nurses and healthcare workers with over 32,000 caregivers throughout hospitals, clinics, mental health, skilled home health and hospice programs in Washington state and Montana. SEIU Healthcare 1199NW’s mission is to advocate for quality care and good jobs for all.


PREVIOUSLY at The Stand:

Tell UW Medicine: Respect nurses, caregivers (July 19)


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