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Celebrate, learn about state’s new safe staffing law on May 11

OLYMPIA (May 9, 2023) — On April 20, Gov. Jay Inslee signed ESSB 5236, the WA Safe + Healthy bill for hospital safe staffing, into law. This will strengthen accountability to hospital staffing plans set by staffing committees, eliminate CEO veto power over those plans, expand staffing committees to include other direct patient care staff in addition to RNs, and more.

The work isn’t done, but this hard-fought victory won in coalition between SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, UFCW 3000 and the Washington State Nurses Association, with strong support for the broader labor movement, is a huge step towards safer staffing in Washington. And it deserves to be celebrated.

Join fellow health care workers from SEIU 1199NW, UFCW 3000 and WSNA, along with their community partners and lawmakers who supported this bill on Thursday, May 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the following locations. It’s an opportunity to come together, share a celebration with friends and allies, and learn more about the law and how we can all use new rules and regulations to really enforce safer staffing and a safer health care environment for all.

Drop-ins are welcome, but please RSVP here if you can so we can plan ahead.

Seattle: Seattle Labor Temple, 5030 1st Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98134

Spokane: UFCW 3000 Office, 2805 N. Market St., Spokane, WA 99207

Tri-Cities: Location TBD

Silverdale: UFCW 3000 Office, 3888 NW Randall Way #105, Silverdale, WA 98383

Tacoma: Shiloh Baptist Church, 1211 S I St, Tacoma, Washington 98405

Mt Vernon: UFCW 3000 Office, 1510 N 18th St, Mt. Vernon, WA 98273

Mt Vernon: UFCW 3000 Office, 1510 N 18th St, Mt. Vernon, WA 98273

Everett: Snohomish County Labor Temple, 2810 Lombard Ave, Everett, WA 98201

Olympia: Washington State Labor Council, 906 Columbia St. SW (2nd floor), Olympia, WA 98501

Yakima: SEIU 1199NW Office, 415 N 20th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902

CHECK OUT THE UNION DIFFERENCE in Washington: higher wages, affordable health and dental care, job and retirement security.

FIND OUT HOW TO JOIN TOGETHER with your co-workers to negotiate for better wages, benefits, and a voice at work. Or go ahead and contact a union organizer today!