Health Care Providers Vote To Form Union At Local PeaceHealth Clinics

Health Care Providers Vote To Form Union At Local PeaceHealth Clinics


More than a dozen medical workers at a Eugene-area clinic run by PeaceHealth have decided to form a union.

According to a news release from the Oregon Nurses Association, the new group, PeaceHealth Providers United, will focus on "addressing burnout, staffing shortages, safe health care, and ensuring access to care for the most vulnerable patients." of the world in the region".

According to the Oregon Nurses Association, these clinics are the first to unionize in Lane County.

PeaceHealth officials said in a statement that they are committed to working with healthcare professionals to ensure that PeaceHealth is not only the best place to receive care, but also the best place to provide care.

"We appreciate our physicians' respect for this issue and the perspectives of others. As we move forward, we are focused on what we have in common: a deep-seated commitment to providing safe, compassionate, high-quality care to our patients. and their families."

13 doctors, nurses, and physician assistants organized under the direction of the American Federation of Teachers in the last year before voting in their elections under the supervision of the National Labor Relations Board. Providers are located at two urgent care clinics in Eugene, one urgent care clinic in Springfield, and a mobile clinic at Woodfield Station in Eugene.

"This is an important step forward. We have come together to support each other in achieving a safe, fair and balanced work environment," said Nurse Wendy Lang. "We want fair wages and a reasonable workload that allows us to provide quality health care while taking care of our own health and well-being."

PeaceHealth Providers United will partner with the Pacific Northwest Hospital Medical Association, represented by the American Federation of Teachers Local 6552 and served by the Oregon State Nurses Association.

“Forming a union gives us the opportunity to better protect our patients and ourselves,” the doctor said. Kate Swank. "It's good to work toward a common goal and see progress. I look forward to seeing what else we can accomplish to improve care in our community."

Contact reporter Tatiana Parafynyuk-Tolesnik at Tatiana@registerguard.com or 541-521-7512 and follow her on Twitter @TatianaSophiaPT.

This article originally appeared on Register-Guard: Health professionals choose to join local PeaceHealth clinics

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