SPOKANE, Wash.--Union leaders for Deaconess and Valley hospitals received word Wednesday afternoon that some striking Valley Hospital workers can not return to work on Thursday.
Not all union members took part in the strike. More than 1,000 staffers had the option to strike.
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Yet, hundreds of unionized staff members picketed starting at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday. They planned to picket until 6:00 a.m. on Thursday. Union members who did not strike or took their normal time off on Wednesday are welcome to return to Valley Hospital Thursday according to union leaders. Union members who chose to stike may return to Valley Hospital Saturday.
Deaconess and Valley Hospital representatives said they were prepared for the strike and brought in temporary medical staff to keep the hospitals open. The temporary workers will fill in at Deaconess for one day according to union leaders. While, the fill-in medical workers at Valley Hospital are contracted for 72-hours.