Citing a need for increased staff and a firm contract, nurses at Valley hospital took to the chilly streets on Wednesday in a one-day strike.
However, citing a need to honor a commitment to temporary workers, those replaced at Valley Hospital for the duration won’t be allowed to return until Saturday morning.
Valley striking nurses were joined by colleagues at Deaconess Hospital in downtown Spokane. Both facilities are owned by Tennessee-based Community Health Systems.
The hospitals, anticipating the move, bolstered their staffs with replacement workers for the day. According to reports, it is believed this is the first time that registered nurses have gone on strike in the area. There have been, however, informational pickets and similar rallies in the past.
The nurses’ union, SEIU 1199NW, boasts a membership of 1,100.
Concerns over staffing prompted the move, while hospital administrators have stated that staffing levels are consistent and adequate.
The nurses at Valley Hospital have been working with no contract for the past year.