Scene in Edmonds: Swedish workers protest staffing reductions; hospital says it’s ‘investing heavily’ in hiring

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A group of more than 50 nurses, health care workers, citizens and elected officials showed up for Wednesday's informational picket in front of Swedish Edmonds hospital.  Picketers are protesting what they are calling staff reductions that adversely affect patient care, and say that these reductions are driven by the privately-run Swedish Edmonds' desire to increase corporate profits and CEO salaries (learn more on the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Facebook page here ).  Swedish disagrees, calling the union's claims "inaccurate" (read Swedish's press release here ).
A group of more than 50 nurses, health care workers, citizens and elected officials showed up for Wednesday’s informational picket in front of Swedish Edmonds hospital. Picketers are protesting what they are calling staff reductions that adversely affect patient care, and say that these reductions are driven by Swedish Edmonds’ desire to increase profits and CEO salaries. (Learn more on the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Facebook page here. Swedish disagrees, calling the union’s claims “inaccurate” and reaffirming that it is “investing heavily” in staffing. Read Swedish’s statement here. (Photos by Larry Vogel)
Denise Hartinger has worked as a nurse at Swedish Edmonds -- and Stevens Hospital before that -- for 40 years.  She took time from her day off to join the picket line with her dogs Dublin and Allie.
Denise Hartinger has worked as a nurse at Swedish Edmonds — and Stevens Hospital before that — for 40 years. She took time from her day off to join the picket line with her dogs Dublin and Allie.
Joining the picketers were Edmonds City Council President Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, Snohomish County Councilmember Brian Sullivan, shown here with Swedish/Edmonds nurses Diane Moller and Ericka Perry.
Joining the picketers were Edmonds City Council President Adrienne Fraley-Monillas and Snohomish County Councilmember Brian Sullivan, shown here with Swedish/Edmonds nurses Diane Moller and Ericka Perry.
Jessica Reeder and son Wyatt drove in from their home in Arlington on Reeder's day off to attend the event.  An ER nurse at Swedish/Edmonds, Jessica says they need more permanent staff.  "We're short many nights," she said.
Jessica Reeder and son Wyatt drove in from their home in Arlington on Reeder’s day off to attend the event. An ER nurse at Swedish/Edmonds, Jessica says they need more permanent staff. “We’re short many nights,” she said.
Edmonds City Councilmember Mike Nelson showed up to support the health care workers saying, "Our patients should not have their safety compromised in the one place built to save them."  Nelson, who serves as Executive Director of Executive Director of Service Employees International Union, went on to say that "we'd better listen and we'd better act" because "we owe it to our patients, families and loved ones."
Edmonds City Councilmember Mike Nelson, who works as Executive Director of the SEIU, showed up to support the health care workers, saying, “Our patients should not have their safety compromised in the one place built to save them.” Nelson went on to say that “we’d better listen and we’d better act” because “we owe it to our patients, families and loved ones.”

3 COMMENTS

  1. Bottom line? They don’t care, they will cut you anyway, their managers obviously need to update their vacation homes.

  2. It doesn’t sound like a strike, but a protest. How better to celebrate this wonderful country we live in than a legitimate expression of freedom of speech and concern for those who need a voice. I worked as a nurse and found that the people making decisions about patient care spent virtually no time with patients or nurses. Kudos to Mike Nelson, one of our City Council members for standing with the nurses. I trust SEIU and Swedish will come to a reasonable and responsible solution.

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