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‘We Support Memorial Nurses’ – Does Memorial Support Them, Too?

For the past several weeks I’ve seen these signs pop up on people’s yards, mostly on Tieton in front of Memorial Hospital, which say ‘We Support Memorial Nurses’. I had to stop and think for a moment about this. Kind of like when you see a sign that says “Don’t flush trash down the toilet”, it means someone had to do it once for there to be a sign. Seeing a sign that says ‘We Support Memorial Nurses’ tells me that they do, and Memorial Hospital doesn’t? I don’t know if I would agree with that, but should look in to it.

At the bottom of the sign is the SEIU Healthcare 1199NW which represents 22,000 nurses, healthcare employees, and mental health workers in hospitals, agencies, and clinics across Washington state. I spoke to one employee, they said:

Its all a union thing. I think memorial put them up only because the other signs are up. I believe they do care the hospital and the union want different things and its going to hurt everyone even the people who aren’t part of the union.

What do you think? As the hospital in support of one way or another or do you think it’s just a ‘union thing?’ Maybe you have some insight that I don’t have, I’d love to hear about it. I love the staff at Memorial Hospital – it was the hospital I was born in. I’d love to hear from you.

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