Swedish nurses, caregivers prepare to strike in Edmonds

The healthcare provider is flying in thousands of workers to fill in during the three-day protest.

Herald staff

EDMONDS — Nurses and caregivers at Swedish Hospital in Edmonds will take part in a three-day strike starting Tuesday.

Nearly 8,000 employees across all Swedish locations could participate in the walkout. The healthcare provider is flying in thousands of fill-in workers to take over from Tuesday to Thursday.

Non-emergency procedures and appointments could be delayed, Swedish said, but the quality of care won’t be affected.

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, the union representing nurses and caregivers, filed the strike notice last week after months of contract negotiations with Swedish.

Union members said the healthcare provider wouldn’t make commitments to safe staffing levels. Once the notice was filed, Swedish negotiators pulled what they called their best offer.

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