Hundreds of UW Health nurses voted yesterday to strike if our administration and governing board continue to ignore our requests to recognize our union and address retention and patient safety issues. This is not the road we wanted to go down, but our administration has left us no other route.
Hospital administration has sent emails to nurses in attempts to intimidate and discourage. Our resolve is only stronger.
They have tried to frame our movement as political and led by SEIU. This could not be further from the truth.
This movement started over 3 years ago, by a group of nurses who came together over concern for patient care and the retention of our talented nurse colleagues. Many of us worked here before Act 10 and have seen the quality of patient care slip year after year as more and more of our fellow nurses leave for greener pastures. Administrative decisions have only hastened these declines.
SEIU gives us the structure and resources that we couldn’t get as individuals. Our strength is in our numbers.
Administration continues to hide behind Act 10. We demand a seat at the table when decisions are made that effect our patients and our profession.
My wife and I are both nurses at UW. We have a lot to lose, but sometimes you need to stand up for what is right.