Sacred Heart nurses vote overwhelmingly to go on strike

Sacred Heart nurses vote overwhelmingly to go on strike
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Over 1,900 Sacred Heart nurses have voted to go on strike, a spokesperson with the Washington State Nurses Association confirmed late Friday.

The decision comes after two days of voting, fueled by a vast majority of Sacred Heart nurses protesting what many say are unfair labor practices.

According to WSNA, once the date of the strike is determined, there will be a 10-day notice given to Providence Sacred Heart.

The nurses have been unable to reach a contract with Providence over securing safe staffing levels, sick leave, competitive compensation and affordable access to health care.

READ: Sacred Heart nurses, workers voting to strike over ‘unfair labor practices’

Providence says it is still willing to negotiate.

In a statement, Providence said, “We are aware that UFCW and WSNA have voted for a strike authorization. At this time, the hospital has not received a 10-day strike notice, which is required if there were to be a strike.”

“Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital are both open and here to care for our community. We are actively bargaining in good faith with WSNA and a federal mediator and we are hopeful that we can come to an agreement with both unions so we can avoid a strike.”