TUCSON – Registered nurses at St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s hospitals plan to hold a strike on Friday.
The strike is in an effort to push management to invest in their nursing staff.
The National Nurses Organizing Committee says investing in nurses will improve recruitment, retention of experienced registered nurses and ensure patients receive optimal care.
Strikes will be happening at other hospitals across the country, including California and Florida.
Back in May, nurses from Tenet hospitals gathered to raise patient care awareness.
Tenet Hospitals released a statement Tuesday night in response to the strike:
“The National Nurses Organizing Committee, the labor union that represents many of our nurses, has announced its intention to hold a strike on September 20 at St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s Hospitals. This activity is related to contract negotiations between the union and eight California hospitals, and that same union is also involved in separate contract negotiations for nurses St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s.
All of our nurses are valued employees and we recognize their service and commitment to patient care. We are committed to resolving the contract negotiations. Providing our patients with safe, high quality care is of the utmost importance and remains our focus. Patients and their loved ones can be assured that all our patients will continue to be cared for by qualified, registered nurses and other caregivers during any strike action.
The union has decided to call a strike at multiple facilities across the nation, however, we are still in preliminary negotiations with our newly formed local union and have established, what we believe to be a respectful, professional and productive relationship. We have been negotiating in good faith with union representatives over the last few months in an effort to reach a new contract, which we have made considerable progress on, and we will continue to negotiate in hopes of reaching a successful resolution.”