Memorial nurses stage informational picket

Yakima Herald-Republic, August 30, 2011 Yakima - Nurses at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and their supporters rallied Tuesday evening during an informational picket at the hospital that drew about 50 people to Tieton Drive. Represented by SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, the nurses carried signs and chanted, protesting what they say are unfair labor practices by the hospital and the implementation of pension and wage freezes despite a lack of bargaining. The nurses chanted "In It to Win It" and "Fair Contract" and their signs read "Be Fair to Those Who Care" and "We Care for Our Community." They picketed before and after shifts, and during breaks. The hospital and the union, which represents about 640 nurses, began negotiating a new, three-year contract late last year.