It might be cold outside, but we’re still in full force making our voices heard in our hospitals and clinics! Learn more about our recent wins below.
Healthcare workers at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup made our voices heard in early December by taking to the informational picket lines and getting our community involved in our ongoing fight for a fair contract. Our message was clear – MultiCare needs to put patients over profits and value us the same as other area hospitals. We know we made a splash since management quickly came to us with a new wage scale, but it is not enough to recruit and retain and we must be respected as a crucial part of negotiations. Our fight continues and we’ll persist until we win a contract that ensures we have the tools we need for quality care.
Workers at Behavioral Health Resources – with locations in Thurston, Mason, and Grays Harbor County – unanimously voted to ratify a strong new contract. Our wins include an equitable across-the-board wage increase structure that ensures our lowest-paid coworkers are uplifted, market adjustments, competitive recruitment and retention bonuses, and more!
Over at Valley Medical Center in Renton, administration has agreed to an economic reopener to bargain wages for ALL job classes early. This is great news, and all because we took action across the hospital to make it known that we are bleeding staff in all departments and leaving any of our coworkers behind is unacceptable! We’re proposing across-the-board wage increases, increases to on-call, night and weekend differentials, charge, and lead pay to catch us up to other area hospitals.
Finally, we are thrilled to welcome 220 new members to 1199NW from Comprehensive Life Resources in Tacoma. Behavioral health workers overwhelmingly voted UNION YES in their election – next step, bargain and secure a great contract!
We also welcome Valley Medical Center Pharmacists and Pro-Techs who are now officially union members, and Chaplains at Swedish Medical Center who have voted to join us. The more we grow, the stronger we are.