‘There is still a long way to go’: Providence fails to reach agreement with Sacred Heart nurses

‘There is still a long way to go’: Providence fails to reach agreement with Sacred Heart nurses
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The Washington State Nurses Association wrapped up another bargaining session with Providence Sacred Heart on Wednesday, but says an agreeement has yet to be reached.

This was the 17th session the nurses have held with Providence, WSNA said in a statement, six of which have involved a federal mediatior.

In October, over 1,900 Sacred Heart nurses voted to go on strike, citing unfair labor practices.

READ: Sacred Heart nurses vote overwhelmingly to go on strike

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

“Frontline nurses at Sacred Heart are fighting to keep benefits they’ve earned, and to demand full staffing to ensure patients receive the care they need,” said Ruth Schubert, communications director for the Washington State Nurses Association. “There is still a long way to go.”

In the meantime, WSNA says the nurses will continue strike preparation.