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Thu Oct 31, 2019, 01:53 PM

Providence workers authorize a strike over wages, sick leave

EVERETT — Several hundred workers at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett voted overwhelmingly this week to authorize a strike, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21 announced Wednesday.

Technicians and professionals employed by Providence hope Tuesday’s action moves along negotiations with the hospital over wages, staffing and sick leave.

“The goal is that Providence comes to the next bargaining table and offers a fair contract that aligns with what we are asking,” said Maria Goodall, a vascular ultrasound technician at the Colby Avenue campus and bargaining team member. “We hope to show Providence that is what the employees are asking for … they are so upset with the contract proposal they are willing to stand outside and fight for patient rights and employee rights.”

Contracts for technicians and professionals expired in June 2018 and March 2018, respectively. The 750 workers include physical therapists, dietitians and ultrasound, surgical and medical technicians.

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