Service & Solidarity Spotlight: 1,300 AFT Members at PeaceHealth Southwest Vote to Authorize Strike

Nurses at PeaceHealth Southwest rally for a fair contract.

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our Service & Solidarity Spotlight series, we'll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

Service and maintenance and tech health care workers at PeaceHealth Southwest and lab professionals at PeaceHealth St. John voted to authorize a strike at both hospitals by 95%, with 93% of members participating in the vote. These health care workers, who are members of the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, AFT Local 5017, have been in negotiations over their next union contract for months. They say they were pushed to authorize a strike because management refused to bargain in good faith, put reasonable offers on the table, or address the issues that affect both staff and patients.