Updates

The most recent stories from across our union. 

Executive Board and DSHS Officer Election at DSHS – Western State Hospital (WSH)

2014 Official Notice of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Executive Board and DSHS Officer Election at DSHS – Western State Hospital (WSH) – This is a Rerun Election Pursuant to the Decision of the Election Board – Elections for the following offices …

Yakima Valley Memorial workers stand up for quality care, quality jobs

More than 500 service healthcare workers at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, including dietary and janitorial workers, nursing assistants, registration staff, transporters, physical therapy aides, unit secretaries, and others will stand up for quality care and jobs with an informational picket …

Victory! We stopped clinic closures

After months of advocacy from Harborview nurses and healthcare workers along with WFSE members, local elected leaders and healthcare group Washington CAN!, Harborview’s Interim CEO Johnese Spisso announced on February 26 that Harborview will not be closing or relocating clinics. …

Report recommends steps to curb violence at Eastern and Western State

Using our strength at the bargaining table, nurses at Eastern and Western State Hospital won an agreement with DSHS to review the crtitical problems of safety and violence at our hospitals.  Together with DSHS we released the report and received …

Find your vote time and location

We’re voting YES to form our union at St. Joseph and PeaceHealth Laboratories on Monday and Tuesday. We’re stronger together! Find your vote times and locations here. Service unit – Conference Room 6 Monday, September 23:  6a-8a, 2:30p-4p, 6p-7:30p Tuesday, September …

Highline Medical Center affiliation with Franciscan Health Systems

As our facility finalizes its affiliation with the Franciscan Health Systems (FHS), we want to make sure that our patients and our communities come first. We need FHS to ensure continuity of patient care by making the transition as seamless …

Swedish Medical Center vote meetings

We have seen many changes at Swedish over the last two years. Since the affiliation with Providence management has tightened their purse strings so much that we have seen even more of an impact on our patients and the care …

It’s time for patient safety reform!

Right now, 250 men, women, and children die each day from preventable medical errors—as many as a plane crash every day. We have the power to solve this problem by mandating safe staffing. Nurses are experts on patient care. Our …

Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Dr. King and other advocates for civil rights and workers’ rights shined a light on the connection between strong unions and long-term social and economic justice.  Unions have played a major role in facilitating workers improving our own economic well-being …

Congratulations to Washington’s newest newlyweds!

This week, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW is proud to celebrate with couples around the state as their love finally receives the recognition it deserves when they say “I do.” Early in the campaign, our union made a commitment to winning marriage …

Stand with Walmart workers on Black Friday

This Black Friday, tell Walmart: Workers deserve respect By Valarie Long, SEIU Executive Vice President Last month, employees at 28 different Walmarts all walked out of work simultaneously to stand up for living wages. But this Friday — Black Friday …

Members picket Harborview, calling for the hospital to put patients first!

After months of working to resolve a contract that prioritizes patient care, nurses and healthcare workers took their concerns to the streets at an informational picket and rally on Wednesday, November 14. Nurses and healthcare workers are calling on Harborview …

President Obama’s re-election is a victory for quality healthcare

SEIU had more volunteers in the field than any other election in our history to help re-elect President Barack Obama. Thousands of nurses, healthcare workers, home care workers, janitors, and child care providers invested their time to help re-elect President …

St Pete’s Members March for Healthcare

On October 15, more than a dozen SEIU Healthcare 1199NW members marched on St. Pete’s Executive Board meeting and presented our “Forced Enrollment Forms.”  The forms, signed by hundreds of St Pete employees, showed our opposition to Providence’s plan to …

Highline Clinic Unites in SEIU Healthcare 1199NW

On October 5, employees at the Highline Clinics voted 76 to 7 to join SEIU Healthcare 1199NW.  We sent a strong message to management that we want a seat at the table in the decisions that impact our jobs.  Now …

Swedish Members Kick Off Quality Expert Campaign

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW members at Swedish Medical Center met October 11-17 to kick off a new Quality Expert campaign .  Members will identify  problems in their departments and hold management accountable for quality staffing and quality care.  We’ll also be …

DSHS/DOH members ratify new contract!

Our new contract provides for elimination of leave without pay days, improvements on safety, improvements on staffing including a float pool pilot at Western State Hospital, new language on the removal of disciplinary documents, improved transfer language, and remedies for nurses working consistently forty-five …

Harborview Members March on CEO, Calling for Quality Care

On October 1, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW members at Harborview Medical Center marched on our CEO, saying that quality care can’t wait.  We called for the hospital to respect patients and employees and settle a quality care contract by October 19. …

Highline Workers Unite and Win Back Pay

When Highline members realized we have not been receiving our shift differential pay while on annual leave and sick time, we united and brought the issue to management to have it solved. Our unity worked! This week at Labor/Management we …

United for Better Care and Better Jobs

Service and Maintenance Staff Join RNs in SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Yesterday, service and maintenance staff voted 255 to 227 to join with the RNs to create one strong union to advocate for our patients, ourselves, and our families.  Now we …