Informational Picket at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
Corvallis, OR - Nurses at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis voted overwhelmingly to reject the hospital’s latest contract proposal last Friday, setting the stage for informational picketing near the hospital tomorrow, September 20. 98% of the nurses voting during the Friday, September 16 election rejected the hospital’s proposal. A federal mediator is meeting with representatives of both Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and nurses represented by the Oregon Nurses Association today to discuss options. If mediation fails, nurses and their supporters will engage in informational picketing throughout the day on Tuesday.
At issue in the negotiations are a two-tiered benefit system for new and existing nursing staff, rest periods for nurses between shifts, continuing education for nurses and a nearly 0% wage increase offer, among others.
Picketing will take place near Elks Drive/Highway 99 and 9th Street in Corvallis from 7:30am until 9:30am and again from 3:30pm to 6:30pm. Representatives of the ONA Bargaining Team will be on hand during both informational picketing sessions to speak with members of the press regarding contract negotiations and nurse concerns.
Recap from Informational Picketing
On Monday, September 19, GSRMC management walked away from mediation with ONA nurses without making any significant movement towards a tentative agreement. Instead, the employer issued a scathing press release, attacking nurses for being greedy and overpaid and asking the public to believe that the hospital is facing tough economic times which is not true. This was a desperate attempt by the employer to change the narrative about what’s happening in negotiations and to weaken nurses resolve to take action. But our nurses didn’t back down.
On Tuesday, September 20, ONA held an informational picket at GSRMC. The nurses stepped out in unity to voice their desire for a fair contract. The nurses, community and ONA all gathered in support of this peaceful demonstration.
Another action is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, please contact Christine Hauck, Labor Relations Representative (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lydia Hallay, Organizer (email@example.com), for information on how to show your support.
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