July 21, 2024

At issue in Providence nurses’ strike: Oregon’s hospital staffing law

More than 3,000 nurses at six Providence hospitals across the state are set to go on strike for three days next week. In an unusual turn of events, they’re striking in part over the rollout of a law that was hailed just two years ago as a major win for the nurses union and the first of its kind in the nation.

Economic issues, including annual wage increases and out-of-pocket costs for the Providence employee health care plan, are also in dispute.

Both the Oregon Nurses Association — which represents the striking nurses — and Providence say their negotiations have ended and the strike is set to begin on Tuesday, June 18 at 5:30 am. Impacted hospitals include Providence St. Vincent, Providence Newberg, Providence Willamette Falls, Providence Medford, Providence Hood River and Providence Milwaukie.