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Health and Retirement Security Under Employer Threat

In three sets of negotiations (Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center-Corvallis, and McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center), employers are seeking to degrade their contribution to nurse health insurance and retirement. 

At both Samaritan negotiations, management wants to establish a two tiered benefit system, with new nurse hires getting a lesser contribution to both retirement and health insurance. Samaritan nurses at all ONA represented facilities are unified in opposition to these divisive proposals and have been engaging in collective actions. Lebanon and Corvallis nurses are voting to authorize informational pickets.

At McKenzie-Willamette, now owned by Tennessee-based Community Health Systems (CHS), CHS is seeking unilateral control over whether nurses have any health insurance or retirement benefit at all. Management negotiators were greeted by more than 75 nurses who lined the hallway to the bargaining room on January 7th, expressing their opposition to these regressive proposals. Further, in less than a week, an overwhelming majority of McKenzie Willamette nurses signed a petition opposing these management proposals and supporting their team. 

Nurses at all facilities are continuing to organize for a fair contract. Informational picketing is likely at all facilities if this week’s mediation sessions are unsuccessful.

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