Today, SEIU NW1199’s chief spokesperson recognized the financial strain Swedish is under as the hospital works to find solid footing in the industry’s ‘new normal’ environment. In bargaining, SEIU acknowledged that Swedish must “adapt to changing and challenging circumstances.”
This acknowledgement came shortly after Dr. Hochman distributed an all-employee email, which addressed Swedish’s serious and immediate financial challenges. The letter also outlined the urgent steps needed by all departments and managers to continue immediate course correction strategies. Swedish’s bargaining team provided SEIU leadership a copy of the memo during bargaining. The full letter can be read here.
SEIU also identified four “ways to adapt” that could help Swedish address its current financial challenges:
- Growth: Edmonds and Issaquah
- Well-performing investments
- Limiting labor costs: Reducing the cost of health care
- Process improvement and efficiencies: Partnering to include front-line staff
Both Sides Continue Discussion on Outstanding Issues
Swedish and SEIU continued negotiations on a number of outstanding issues, including hours of work, probationary employees and guidelines for stand-by employee work. Additional language in all three contracts (RN, Service and Tech) were discussed. Some issues still being considered include: TB testing, RN clinical groupings, job classes and facilities / acquisitions.
Additionally, SEIU filed a grievance around the implementation of a new vendor used to replace Sharps containers. This topic will be handled through the grievance procedure, and separate from negotiations.
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