CHS Workers United

What We're Fighting For

We have spent the past 18 months tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, working longer hours and harder than ever before - but the problems of understaffing began long before March of 2020, and will continue beyond this current crisis. COVID-19 has simply made it more starkly clear than ever: when healthcare workers must care for more patients than they can safely handle, both patients and workers are at risk.

But Catholic Health is using the pandemic as an opportunity to cut our staffing, resources, and worker benefits to the bone. Healthcare workers repeatedly work short across the three hospitals. Housekeepers have double the rooms to clean. Nurses and aides are seeing assaults on the rise, without enough staff to respond.

Enough is enough.

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Bargaining Update - November 4

We have reached a groundbreaking Tentative Agreement with Catholic Health! More info is available here. Our picket lines will be suspended while our members vote on the contract.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, November 8, 2021

Procedures for TA and Ratification - Kenmore Only

Who decides when we have a Tentative Agreement?

Procedures for TA and Ratification - Mercy Hospital

Who decides when we have a Tentative Agreement?

Below is the latest from CWA-represented nurses, technical, service and clerical staff employed by Catholic Health System, who walked off the job on Friday, October 1, over a long-standing st

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"COVID has created many challenges. Care management staffing shortages persist. Staff have continued to persevere despite lack of staff, lack of hazard pay, shortages of PPE, and other challenges that COVID-19 have brought."

"This last year has been very taxing both physically and emotionally. Heading into work knowing there was a 95% chance we would be working short-staffed was really hard some days because of how tired we were."

"One year ago... my head was in the game. I felt supported, strong, and ready. Fast forward to today. I'm defeated, miserable, and don't want to work anymore. I feel unsupported, sad, and defeated. Healthcare heroes to healthcare zeros."

"Things are unsafe. The nurses are running with sometimes 9-10 patients on the medical side and on the COVID side 6-7 patients. They are adding beds to our unit which is ridiculous when there isn’t enough staff to begin with. The nursing aides are always short. On the COVID unit there is no separation between donning/doffing and the patients it’s all open area. Only one charge nurse on nights to oversee 49 patients and if there's an emergency in the COVID unit, the time it takes to safely gown up could be crucial.

collage of pictures of CWA members holding signs at Catholic Health hospitals