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Corvallis Nurses Call For Improved Staffing, Health Care And Pay

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Hundreds of nurses and their supporters took to the streets in Corvallis Friday to demonstrate against staffing and safety problems at Good Samaritan Medical Center. This week, the nurses’ union continues to negotiate labor terms with the hospital.

The Oregon Nurses Association represents more than 500 nurses at Good Samaritan. They’ve been working without a labor contract since June.

Chris Carmichael is an intensive care nurse (at Good Samaritan)  and she’s on the bargaining team. She says negotiations have thus far been contentious.

“We have been locked out of negotiations. The employer wasn’t happy that we had invited out community and our nurses to observe negotiations and they cancelled them, locked the doors, threatened to call security on us.”

Along with staffing improvements, the nurses want a better health care package and equal pay for equal work. 

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Good Samaritan nurses and others rally on Friday, September 13, 2019.

In a statement, the hospital said it is “committed to reach an agreement,” and that “they are actively recruiting more staff members to meet the community's needs.”

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Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis

The next bargaining session is September 24th.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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