Kadlec nurses showed up in record numbers to vote on October 29 and 30, and by an overwhelming majority, we voted to authorize a strike.
We sent a clear message to management that we are willing to do whatever it takes to get a fair contract, including going on strike.
When a strike is called, WSNA will give the legally required 10-days’ notice to Providence Kadlec prior to the strike.
With this vote, we made a clear and powerful statement that we will keep fighting for safe staffing, safe working conditions and keeping the benefits we have earned. Providence demands substantial cuts to our earned PTO, even as Providence is making record profits — $1 billion in the first half of this year alone.
We are standing up in the face of troubling and illegal actions by Providence Kadlec, actions aimed at diminishing our power, including interfering with nurses’ right to concerted activity and failing to bargain in good faith. We believe management has committed multiple Unfair Labor Practices. We have filed ULPs against Kadlec, and WSNA will declare a ULP strike if there is one.
We are in the process of scheduling another mediation date. Providence Kadlec has the opportunity to avert a strike by coming back to the negotiating table prepared to engage in serious discussions about issues of concern to nurses and our patients.
We will continue fighting for a contract that protects our working conditions, our patients and our community.
Your Bargaining team:
Jacob Garcia (CDU), Martha Galvez (Birth Center), Vanessa Douglas (ICU), Kathy Peot (Resource), Marianne Sturtevant (OR), Meri Bukovinsky (CDU), Joyce McMurphy (NICU)
Questions? Call WSNA Nurse Rep Jayson Dick. MBA, BSN, RN, at 206 – 858-2139.