- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) - A union representative says more than 300 workers at a Springfield, Oregon, hospital plan a three-day walkout starting Oct. 28.

The Register-Guard reports (https://is.gd/Oa2W3E) that leaders of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 49 are taking the step after 11 months of bargaining has not resulted in a contract at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center.

The union’s contract with the hospital expired on Dec. 31.

Hospital spokeswoman Jana Waterman says a contingency operations plan will be implemented “to ensure continuation of quality services” should a strike occur.

On Friday, the union gave the hospital 10 days’ notice.

The local represents 340 workers at McKenzie-Willamette, including certified nursing assistants, surgery techs, emergency room techs, secretaries, monitor techs, housekeepers, food service workers, pharmacy techs, respiratory therapists and physical therapy aides.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com


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