Our advocacy at work in Washington and Montana
Because of our advocacy, employers like the University of Washington, DSHS and CHI are ensuring that all healthcare workers, regardless of job class, will be able to wear masks, either provided or homemade. We are pushing forward for this to be the norm everywhere.
Our actions across Washington and Montana are working.
Advocating and working together to protect our staff and patients at Kalispell Regional Medical Center
“I want to share with you our union victory from this week. We had a situation in our department that felt unsafe — a provider was going to perform an elective procedure (after KRH said they would only be doing non-elective procedures) and we were concerned about the proximity this doctor had with a confirmed COVID-19 employee. We didn’t feel it was appropriate to be doing this procedure, especially because the patient could potentially have been immunocompromised. My co-workers and I felt we had to step in and do something. We wrote a letter to our director, demanding this case be cancelled or another doctor assigned, and many of us nurses voiced our opinions against the procedure directly to our director. Our director was resistant at the beginning, not taking our concerns seriously — but we kept pushing. At the last minute, they cancelled the procedure! We take an oath as nurses to protect our patients — not to knowingly put them in potentially harmful situations. Don’t let administration intimidate you from standing up for yourself and your patients. We were successful because we came together to advocate for our patients’ and co-workers’ safety. It wouldn’t have been the same if it had been just one nurse saying no.”
Mary Lamar, RN
Kalispell Regional Medical Center
UW facilities now have free parking open to all healthcare workers
“When management informed us of their desire to redeploy employees throughout the UW Medicine System so that we can respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we demanded the right to bargain because we have a strong union. We joined all the other UW unions in coalition, and we have been fighting hard. Many of us took digital action, flooding our leaderships’ inboxes with the union demands. One of the early wins, so far, has been free parking for the month of April at all UW campuses. We felt that was important since a lot of our members usually carpool or take the bus, which in this pandemic is not a safe option, and has forced many employees to drive to work on their own for the first time in a long time. We’re still fighting hard and will have more wins to come because we have a strong union!”
Patrick Cassidy, Radiology Tech