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May 27, 2021
Nurses to Logan Health CEO Lambrecht: We are faced with an impossible choice
KALISPELL—Nurses sent a letter to Logan Health CEO Craig Lambrecht today reiterating their willingness to return to the bargaining table to come to an agreement on a fair union contract and avert the planned unfair labor practice strike.
The nurses, who formed their union in SEIU Healthcare 1199NW in July of 2019, write that they are faced with the impossible choice between continuing to work in a system that they believe does not allow them to provide the best care they can to their patients, or to consider walking off the job to demonstrate the gravity of the situation. If an agreement on a contract is not reached, the nurses’ unfair labor practice strike will move forward, beginning June 1.
The full text of the letter is reprinted below; visit visit https://kalispellnurses.org/actions/letter-to-logan-health-ceo-craig-lambrecht/ to view the original letter.
Chief Executive Officer
310 Sunnyview Lane Kalispell, MT 59901
May 27, 2021
Dear Mr. Lambrecht,
Last week, workers across Logan Health delivered notice of our intention to strike if we don’t reach a contract agreement. As people dedicated to the health and safety of our patients, we are at this moment faced with an impossible choice: Continue working in a system we believe does not allow us to provide the best care we can for our patients, or consider walking off the job to demonstrate the gravity of our situation.
This is not an action we want to take, but our many months of negotiations have resulted in no commitments for patients and that is not acceptable to us. We provide an essential part of what patients need from Logan Health. We prepare them for surgery, support them through their ongoing cancer treatment, rush them in through the ED doors with lifesaving measures, support women bringing new life into the world, perform essential interventions, support family members, and ensure that life continues during the most vulnerable and precarious moments of our patients’ lives.
Our bargaining team has provided the map for a better Logan Health – invest in recruitment and retention, recognize our experience and ensure adequate staffing. We will bargain at any time, day or night, to come to an agreement and avert a strike. We call on you as the Chief Executive Officer to come to the bargaining table and lead your team to a resolution that keeps patients safe.
The SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Bargaining Team
About SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW is a union of nurses and healthcare workers with over 32,000 caregivers throughout hospitals, clinics, mental health, skilled home health and hospice programs in Washington state and western Montana. SEIU Healthcare 1199NW’s mission is to advocate for quality care and good jobs for all.