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May Day Sees Florence Nurses Take To Streets To Picket

Oregon Nurses Association

Nurses in Florence picketed their workplace as part of Monday’s May Day observations.

Members of the Oregon Nurses Association – or ONA – are demonstrating against stalled contract negotiations with PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center.

Sandy Fleetwood is a registered nurse who participated in Monday’s event.  She says disputes over staffing, wages, and working conditions are just a few points of contention.

"PeaceHealth currently is just stonewalling us," Fleetwood say.  "We make a proposal, they reject.  We make another proposal, they reject that one. 

"So it’s very difficult to get anything through at this point.  All of our negotiations have halted, and we’re going through a federal mediator.” 

Credit Oregon Nurses Association
Two nurses cross the street in Florence today, near a busy intersection.

A PeaceHealth spokeswoman says they were ready to bargain in good faith, but the ONA didn’t seem to share that desire, presenting proposals that were a “step backward rather than forward”.

The next negotiation is scheduled for May 8th.  

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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