Nurses and hospital workers at Sacred Heart and other hospitals across the state are poised to go on strike


Outside of the Carpen­ters Local 59 Union Hall in Spokane, there’s a flurry of activity. The building is adorned with large banners featuring state­ments like Keep Sacred Heart nurses and patients safe” and people are streaming in and out of it. Some stop to enthu­si­as­ti­cally greet friends. There’s a palpable energy. It’s a union strike vote.

Last week, after over a year of contract negoti­a­tions between hospital staff and Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane and Provi­dence Health and Services — a large Renton-based nonprofit that runs hospi­tals across the West Coast — union­ized employees voted to autho­rize a strike.


THE INLANDER: Nurses and hospital workers at Sacred Heart and other hospitals across the state are poised to go on strike (10/31/19)