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The next step would be to set potential strike dates and give Providence a 10-day notice of their intent to strike.

COURTESY PHOTO: ONA - Nurses picket outside Providence Hospital in Oregon City on May 11, 2022.Nurses at two more Providence hospitals are launching strike votes on Monday alleging unfair labor practices and demanding fair contracts.

The 472 frontline nurses at Providence Willamette Falls and Providence Milwaukie are represented by the Oregon Nurses Association. The strike votes begin Monday and last through Thursday, June 2, ONA officials said. If the strikes are approved these nurses would join the 1600 nurses who voted to strike at Providence St. Vincent earlier in May.

The current contract at Providence Milwaukie is due to expire this month, while the contract at Providence Willamette Falls expired in 2021, ONA said.

Among the list of contract proposals, the Providence nurses want stronger patient safety standards, more nurse staffing, affordable health care and a fair compensation package that allows hospitals to "recruit and retain" more nurse staff.

The results of the strike vote will be announced Friday, June 3, officials said. But even if the vote is to strike, that doesn't mean the nurses will walk out that day.

The next step would be to set potential strike dates and give Providence a 10-day notice of their intent to strike.

A series of bargaining sessions are scheduled. Providence Willamette Falls will bargain with management on Wednesday, May 25, and Friday, June 3, while Providence Milwaukie will do the same on Thursday, May 26, and again on June 16 and 23.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune.


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