It was supposed to be a one-day strike, but Wednesday afternoon some hospital workers in Spokane learned, they're not welcome to return to their jobs Thursday.
A thousand hospital employees and nurses hit the picket lines at 6 a.m. at Deaconess and Valley Hospital. The strike is supposed to end at 6 a.m. Thursday, however many of those striking employees are not welcome back at work when the strike ends.
The reason is because the temporary workers brought in to replace these people were given three-day contracts. No one has been fired, but the hospital is saying that because they had to temporarily replace some employees those employees can go back to work on Saturday.
The medical staff from the two hospitals are striking over working conditions. They want more staff to be hired.
"They've cut staff, they've not hired into positions. They've hired more supplementals so there's less benefited positions. They've also increased the staffing load for the RNs," Valley nurse Teri Nicholson said.
A spokesperson for the two hospitals said they are working with the nurses and staff on a contract. They also said the hospitals are treating their patients without interruption during the strike.
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