Nurses hold informational picket

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Peace Harbor nurses and community members rally at Highways 101, 126

More than 100 registered nurses and community members participated in an informational picket Monday, May 1, in support of the nurses at PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence. Nurses have been working with PeaceHealth’s corporate managers since November 2016 to try to reach a contract agreement that increases wages and improves nurse recruitment and retention. The 75 nurses at PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center are represented by the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA). According to ONA Communications Manager Kevin Mealy, the nurses voted in favor of the informational picket after unsuccessful contract mediation sessions with PeaceHealth’s corporate administrators in April. Key issues still being negotiated include ending staff call requirements, correcting below-market wages, improving patient and staff safety and increasing health care provider recruitment and retention. While some progress has been made, ONA members feel they have a long way to go. Nurses and PeaceHealth’s corporate managers have one additional mediation date scheduled for May 8.

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