On Tuesday, Jan. 28, almost 8,000 Swedish employees around the city will begin a three-day strike to protest insufficient patient care and understaffing.
The nurses and caregivers at Swedish, represented by Service Employees International Union, will start picketing at 7am on Tuesday. According to the local union SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, Swedish workers are fighting for better patient care and safe staffing — they’re urging Swedish-Providence to sign a fair contract that addresses severe understaffing and prioritize patient safety.
Devon Stewart works at Swedish Ballard, and told My Ballard that the picketing will happen at the Ballard campus as well. He says that most emergency services will be cancelled, and that non-union workers will be flown into cover shifts while they strike.
There will be a march from Swedish First Hill to Westlake Park on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 3:30pm; at 4:30pm they’ll be joined by local elected officials and representatives from local organizations for a community rally.
Photo: SEIU Healthcare 1199NW on Facebook