McKenzie-Willamette hospital workers vote to support strike

The workers voted overwhelmingly to approve an unfair labor practice strike at the hospital during a strike vote on Monday.

Posted: Aug 13, 2019 6:10 PM
Updated: Aug 13, 2019 6:10 PM

Speech to Text for McKenzie-Willamette hospital workers vote to support strike

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after months of negotiations... union employees at mckenzie- willamette medical center are threatening a strike if they can't reach an agreement with management. right now.. they don't have a deadline to reach a deal. but as kezi 9 news reporter evita garza reports... some employees say the process is taking a toll on them --- and their patients. alejandra garcia has been working at mckenzie willamette medical center in springfield as a nursing assistant for the last 17 years. "we're like family, frankly." she say it's a great place to work with a lot of support from her co- workers. but she also says there's been a lot of changes in recent years --- and not all of them have been for the better. "when we have a lot of turn over&i can see the lack of experience i can see the change in patient care, lack of continuity. that's why 400 member of the s-e-i- u local 49 are fighting for a new contract. the biggest issue? more money. with higher wages...union members say the hospital will be able to keep quality employees... which will be better for patients in the long run. "that's one of the biggest issues we're fighting over&is the ability to provide the best staffing and the wages to back that up because they kind of go hand and hand." evita: "union members here at mckenzie willamette hospital say they've been negotiating this new contract for the last three months&and they say today feels like they're getting somewhere with management. " on monday night& the union membership authorized a strike if a deal can't be reached. last time mckenzie willamette workers went on strike was in october 2014& which lasted three days. "we try to stand up for our caregivers. nobody likes to ask for better worker conditions, we don't like to complain but things happen." they tell me they are doing everything they can to avoid a strike& but they will if the have to because in the end& it's all about the patients. reporting in springfield, evita garza kezi
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