14,000 Nurses Will Vote on Whether or Not to Sanction a Strike

After eight months of complex negotiations and little reaction from Providence management, the Oregon Nurses Association announced Tuesday, May 23, the night that frontline nurses at Providence Portland and Providence Seaside would vote on whether or not to approve strikes.

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Voting for Providence nurses in Seaside will occur on Thursday, May 25, while voting for Providence nurses in Portland will appear on Wednesday, May 24. By voting yes, the nurses would authorize union leaders to call a strike to address what they see as Providence’s persistently unfair treatment of workers.

The nurses ask for more excellent compensation, benefits, staffing, and paid time off (36 to 52 extra hours). According to reports, Richard Botterill, an RN and the negotiating unit head at Providence Portland, stated

“We’ve been telling Providence for years that the wage and benefit package they are offering isn’t retaining staff, and they simply refuse to listen.” A nurse said, “If Providence doesn’t change course or address short-staffing, nurses will continue to leave the bedside, the quality of patient care will suffer, and Providence will let down our community.”

14,000 Nurses Will Vote on Whether or Not to Sanction a Strike

Since October 2022, ONA claimed, nurses had often been meetingΒ with paid Providence managers to advocate for the changes in writing.

β€œI have been a nurse for over 35 years and love my work, or I would not still be doing it. But I am tired of the short staffing and the lack of respect from Providence,” said Mary Romanaggi, RN at Providence Seaside Hospital.

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β€œIt is just as expensive to live on the coast as it is in Portland, but our wages are lower. That means new nurses are less willing to set down roots and become a part of this wonderful community.” As stated in the statement, ONA officials will choose strike dates if nurses in Portland and Seaside vote this week to authorize a strike.

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