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SEIU 1199 NW: ‘Standing Up for Our Community Hospital’

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From Advertiser SEIU 1199 NW, who are picketing at Highline Medical Center today (Wed., April 16) at 3:30 p.m.:

Standing Up for Our Community Hospital

Highline Medical Center is our community hospital, offering good care and good jobs right here in Burien. But now that our hospital is part of Franciscan Health Systems, it’s up to us to make sure our community hospital continues to serve our needs.

This merger helped our hospital that was struggling at the time from having to close its doors. Yet in just the first two quarters after they took over, Franciscan Health Systems made $47 million in profits at Highline. Now the Franciscans want to cut nurses’ and healthcare workers’ health insurance and keep wages stagnant.

“We have to help keep the standards up, or we risk losing more than our insurance – we will lose the quality of care that our community has come to count on,” remarked Valerie Corley, a unit secretary on a surgical floor.

Compensation is key to attracting and retaining the best caregivers at our hospital, plus Burien needs these good jobs to keep our local economy strong.

“Highline is now part of the very profitable Franciscan Health System,” said Brent Morgan, a nurse in Endoscopy. “The Franciscan Administration is not considering or respecting the needs of our patients, our community, or our families.”

On Wednesday, April 16 at 3:30pm, more than 200 Highline Medical Center nurses and healthcare workers, along with elected officials and community leaders, will be picketing on Sylvester in front of the hospital. Join us in calling on the Franciscan Health System to keep good jobs and good care at Highline Medical Center.

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