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Providence nurses, workers statewide intend to strike starting Jan. 14

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SPOKANE — Unions representing about 13,000 nurses and health care workers at many Providence locations statewide, including at Spokane’s Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital, intend to strike starting Jan. 14.

“It is planned for that date unless a tentative agreement is reached prior to that time,” said Amy Clark, communications director at SEIU Healthcare 1199NW.

Press conferences where the announcement will become official are planned for this morning in Spokane and Seattle.

On Thursday night, Providence had not received a strike notice from the unions.

“At this time, Providence is still bargaining in good faith with the goal to come to an agreement so we can continue to live our Mission to care for all,” a statement from Providence released Thursday night said. “We will respect the rights of our caregivers to participate in a strike if that action occurs.”

Nurses and health care workers represented by the Washington State Nurses Association, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and UFCW 21 are at several Providence hospitals statewide, including at the largest hospitals in the state: Spokane’s Scared Heart and Seattle’s Swedish Medical Center. The three unions united their efforts in December.

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW represents 8,000 workers at several Swedish locations. UFCW 21 represents about 4,000 health care workers and some nurses at other Providence hospitals in Everett, Olympia, Walla Walla and Centralia.

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