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A Statement from Deaconess and Valley Hospital Regarding the One Day Strike

SPOKANE, Wash. - Friday afternoon Nurses and Health Care workers for Deaconess and Valley Hospital announced plans for a one day strike on August 11th. In response, Deaconess and Valley Hospital released the following statement:

"A Statement from Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical

Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center have been notified by the Service Employees International Union Healthcare 1199 NW of their plans to conduct a one-day strike at the hospitals.  The union is asking their members who are employees at the hospitals not to report to work for any shift beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 11 and continuing until 6:59 a.m. on August 12.

This is a disappointing development, as back-to-back bargaining sessions were held over four days last week, a bargaining session took place today, and additional sessions are scheduled into mid-August, if necessary.  Staging a work stoppage at this point seems counter-productive to reaching an agreement. The hospitals are committed to reaching mutually acceptable agreements with the SEIU, and hope that union representatives will return to the bargaining table with a sincere desire to work together in the best interest of our employees and our patients.

If the union moves forward with its strike, the hospitals are fully prepared to ensure patient care will continue without interruption, and access will remain unobstructed at all facilities.  The hospitals will provide additional information to the community through the media and at their websites: www.deaconess-spokane.org and www.valleyhospital.org."

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