Nurses and Health Care Workers Set Strike Date for August 11th - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Nurses and Health Care Workers Set Strike Date for August 11th

SPOKANE, Wash. - Nurses and healthcare workers at Deaconess and Valley hospital Friday, delivered notice of a one-day unfair labor practice strike to Deaconess and Valley hospitals, owned by Tennessee-based Community Health Systems.

The 1,050 nurses, service, and technical workers at the hospitals are set to begin their strike starting at 7:00 am on August 11, and continue until 6:59 am on August 12.

"Our goal is to settle a fair contract, and we were at the table again today with CHS to reach a settlement. It's time for CHS to treat workers fairly and keep the promises they made to our community," said Teri Nicholson, RN at Valley Hospital & Medical Center. "Promises mean something here."

Since Community Health Systems purchased the hospitals in 2008 they have broken promises to maintain services in Spokane and settle a fair contract with the nurses and healthcare workers. Since purchase of the hospitals, CHS has eliminated trauma designation and closed the Parkinson's movement clinic. Just this week, CHS posted second quarter profits that were up 18%, according to the Dow Jones News Wire.

Community Health Systems is also facing federal labor charges from the National Labor Relations Board on eight counts of breaking federal labor law in the two hospitals. The NLRB trial will resume Monday, August 16.

The nurses and healthcare workers have been negotiating a new contract with the hospital for 20 months.

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