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No strike date has been set yet at the hospital located in Southwest Portland.

A tentative contract between nurses and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Washington County has been knocked down after nurses voted against it.

COURTESY PHOTE: KOIN 6 NEWS - The sign outside Providence St. Vincent Hospital where nurses have rejected a contract offer.The Oregon Nurses Association announced the nurses voted against the tentative agreement late Thursday morning, the day after the vote was scheduled following a month of negotiations.

The strike vote authorized by nurses against St. Vincent is one of three in the Portland area, citing unfair labor practices and below-market compensation.

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center Chief Executive Jennifer Burrows, RN, released the following statement to the hospital's caregivers in response to the vote:

I am saddened to share news that the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) notified Providence St. Vincent leadership that a majority of ONA-represented nurses voted no to ratifying the contract ONA presented to them.

This means ONA and Providence St. Vincent leadership now look forward to returning to the bargaining table. Using the federal mediator who helped us come up with the current proposed contract, we hope to quickly work through our differences to draft a contract the represented nurses of Providence St. Vincent will approve.

Over the past eight months, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center has been working with ONA to deliver a fair pay and benefits package to our nurses. We are committed to ensuring our valued nurses receive a fair pay and benefits package. I remain confident we will get through these trying times and we will continue to serve our community — together. Thank you for all that you do as we move forward.


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