SPOKANE, Wash. -- More than 1,000 union health care workers including sterile processors and dieting, housekeeping and admitting staff at Deaconess and Valley Hospital went on strike Wednesday morning.
All collective bargaining had been suspended according to union leaders. The negotiations included staffing improvements and an end to what the union believes are unfair labor practices.
Workers walked out of the hospitals at 6 a.m. Wednesday to join the picket lines accompanied by City Council President Ben Stuckart and other community supporters.
“We don’t want to strike, but we have to stand up for our patients. We can’t just stand by while the hospitals cut staffing,” said Teri Nicolson, a nurse at Valley Hospital.
Workers said they are prepared to strike through 6 a.m. on Thursday.