Updates

The most recent stories from across our union. 

Ebola Update: Protecting our patients and ourselves

Our facilities are in the process of getting equipped, trained, and prepared for infectious diseases so we’re ready if a patient needs us.  Whether it’s Ebola, Tuberculosis, or H1N1, we are here for our community and need to keep our …

Keeping our patients and ourselves safe

As healthcare workers, we are here to care for our patients when they need us.  But we need the right plan, the right training, and the right equipment to keep our patients and ourselves safe at every facility. Four questions …

State nurses to take to the streets, call on Western and Eastern State CEOs and Governor Inslee to put patient safety first

Citing concerns over safety for both patients and staff, nurses at Western State Hospital held an informational picket and Eastern State nurses marched on DSHS Wednesday to call on Governor Inslee and CEOs Ron Adler and Dorothy Sawyer to address …

We’re telling Franciscan Health Services: Care for Tacoma!

It’s shameful that one of the wealthiest corporations in Tacoma, Franciscan Health Systems (FHS), is draining money from our community and not giving back.  On September 15, two dozen SEIU Healthcare 1199NW members from FHS-St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma …

We’re naming names! 59 Whatcom stores standing up for your care

Whatcom County residents and small businesses are standing with us to show their support for better staffing and patient care at St. Joseph Medical Center. These 59 small businesses are displaying signs showing their support for our campaign to improve …

Evergreen: fix your priorities!

As taxpayers, we support EvergreenHealth so that there’s reliable, quality care available when we need it.  Yet, Evergreen is spending our taxpayer dollars on a lavish CEO salary and refusing to invest in front-line caregivers and improvements to our care. …

Swedish-Providence: Be a good neighbor

Nonprofit hospitals like Swedish-Providence have an obligation to provide access to affordable care and to give back to our communities, particularly when they’re making millions in profit.  Swedish-Providence is seeking permission from the City of Seattle to expand its buildings …

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 …

Victory on $15!

As a union, we have always stood up for a more just and equitable society.  Every improvement we win, whether it’s for our families or for other families, makes Washington state a better place to live. That’s why I’m thrilled …

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 …

800+ Workers at St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Lab Unite in SEIU Healthcare 1199NW

More than 800 St. Joseph Medical Center and Lab workers, including medical technologists, dietary aides, housekeeping staff, Xray technicians, nursing assistants, and laboratory staff voted this week to form their union with SEIU Healthcare 1199NW. “I’ve worked at Saint Joseph …

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 …