OMC seeks injunction today to stop nurses strike

KONP, August 3, 2011 Port Angeles - Olympic Medical Center lawyers are in court today seeking an injunction to stop a one-day walkout from nurses next week. OMC CEO Eric Lewis says the hospital district believes members of SEIU Local 1199NW can't legally stage the walkout because they are public employees. A Kitsap County Superior Court judge will make the decision. Meantime, Lewis told the Port Angeles Business Association yesterday OMC is making plans to keep the hospital open during the 18-hour strike set for a week from Thursday. But Lewis says the work stoppage could cost OMC more than $600-thousand dollars to fly in and train replacement registered nurses. ... OMC