As you may be aware, there is a labor strike at one of our local hospital groups. Currently, there is a dispute between Swedish Hospitals and their workers represented by SEIU. This strike is to start today (Tuesday) and will impact Swedish Issaquah along with other regional Swedish Hospitals. The plan is for the strike to start Tuesday (1/28/20) morning and last until Friday (1/30/20).
While we are here to serve our citizens and we do transport on occasion to this location, the regular staff working there on Tuesday. They will have replaced the striking SEIU members with temporary employees who may not be familiar with the hospital and the other employees that are working there.
We understand the importance of working as a team and a cohesive group when it comes to an emergency. I am not saying that they will not be able to manage patients, but there may be some hiccups with care.
If a patient would like to be transported to Swedish Issaquah, you should explain to them that they are currently on strike and have temporary employees working at the hospital. This information would allow the patient to make an educated decision if they would like to go there or another local area hospital such as Overlake or Evergreen. If they suggest another Swedish Hospital in the area, you can let them know that this does impact all Swedish Hospitals.
We had a great event on January 24th, I appreciate all of those who attended to not only celebrate the careers of Tony Mastrandrea, Doug Milligan, Lenny Norris, Rich Evans, and Fernando Burton but to also celebrate our newest members’ swearing-in, and acknowledgment of our firefighters who have just completed probation.
If you were not able to attend the event and you may have heard of some of the entertaining videos that were produced by our own Todd McLean.
We need to thank the following for their efforts in putting the show together:
On October 15th we held nominations for the positions of Vice President, Treasurer, At-Large Reps, BC Rep and Trustee along with IAFF convention delegates. We will have an election for the IAFF delegate position between Cass Monroe and Grant Haschak.
The following positions won by acclamation:
Vice President – Keith Allen
At-Large Reps – Tom Fields, Cass Monroe, and Jeff Byrd
Trustee – Todd Metter
BC Rep – (Open, no current nominations)
I would like to thank the members that have continued to step forward to represent our membership.
If you have any questions please reach out to your Executive Board.