Disgruntled OMC workers say they’ll walk

Mark St.J. Couhig, Sequim Gazette, August 3, 2011 Pending a quick breakthrough in contract negotiations, 350-plus Olympic Medical Center workers will go on strike at 6 AM Thursday, August 11. The called 18-hour strike of members of SEIU 1199NW would result in the temporary absence of Olympic Memorial Hospital’s registered and licensed practical nurses, much of the service and maintenance staff and dozens of dietary workers. OMC management is working with temporary agencies to find and hire 150 workers. OMC CEO Eric Lewis said the workers will be flown in, housed and receive at least two days of prior orientation training - all at OMC’s expense. ... Disgruntled