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Bend Hospital Workers Latest To Endorse Union

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The St. Charles Medical Center in Bend is the latest Oregon hospital to be caught by the labor unionization wave in the health care sector.

Strike Called Off As Union And McKenzie-Willamette Reach Tentative Deal

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McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center and Service Employees International Union Local 49 have reached a tentative labor pact and the union has called off a strike it had set for later this month.

Hospital Cost Transparency Faces Legislature Tomorrow

Two bills, sponsored by SEIU Local 49 and the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, could lead to a frank discussion of hospital costs for the very first time.

The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems and SEIU Local 49 go head to head tomorrow in a hearing before the Senate Health Committee on cost transparency.

At issue is what consumers deserve to know about hospital costs, and both sides are armed with strong lobbying power.

Legacy Emanuel Workers Picket for Living Wage Increase

While Legacy CEO George Brown collects an estimated $1.8 million, Emanuel front-line workers in SEIU Local 49 say they rely on food stamps to make ends meet. One employee says she was sent to collections after she was unable to pay $1000s of dollars in hospital bills from her own employer.

Dozens of Legacy Emanuel employees and their supporters picketed outside the hospital Wednesday, hoping to boost worker morale while putting the heat on Legacy Health as the Service Employees International Union Local 49 bargains for a better contract for the powerful health system’s front-line w

SEIU 49 Protests Layoffs at McKenzie-Willamette

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The union is also asking the for-profit hospital to increase the amount spent on charity care.

Right before Thanksgiving, the Service Employees International Union, Local 49 found out that about 30 of its members would be lose their jobs by Christmas.

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