Brittany

“I’m so happy and beyond proud to be part of my union. Last year, things at the hospital were really at a low and we felt so demoralized. Peacehealth administration had all but decided to outsource all of us hospitalists. But we organized our union, and things have started to improve. We came together, took action, and spoke up. And management heard us. Now we’re negotiating our first contract, and the state of things is starting to improve. We actually have a say in how we should be managed, how our department can function better. I think every caregiver should be part of a union, to stand united for better patient care, safer patient care. And also because Peacehealth’s social justice mission should apply to caregivers, as well as patients. Being united in a union will help make that happen.”

Brittany Ellison, D.O.
Sacred Heart Hospitalist
Internal Medicine


Letter from Sacred Heart Hospitalists supporting our organizing

May 6, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

HospitalistsOn behalf of the Pacific Northwest Hospital Medicine Association, American Federation of Teachers Local number 6552, we wish to congratulate you on your efforts to form a union. It is a difficult and courageous undertaking.

When we formed our union, the Hospitalists were in the process of being outsourced. We went from being viewed as disposable to being immovable. With the support of those we work with, we now have a permanent place in this hospital. Unionizing has given us a strong and effective voice in the care and safety of our patients. It has given us rights under the law that we did not have as individuals.

Along with the Oregon Nurses Association, we now work together to advocate for our patients. Being in a union means we have a place at the table and a say in the conversation. And now, with the prospect of caregivers at all levels in the hospital organizing, we can look forward to the day where the majority of people who work at Sacred Heart can speak together with authority. Unions stick together, so we are ready to support you however we can. This is a chance for you to have a voice as well. We urge you to take it.

Sincerely,

The Hospitalists of the PNWHMA


David

“When we formed our union, the Hospitalists were in the process of being outsourced. We went from being viewed as disposable to having a seat at the bargaining table. Unionizing has given us a strong and effective voice in the care and safety of our patients. It has given us rights and protections under federal law that we did not have as individuals. Along with the Oregon Nurses Association, we form a strong and unified voice to advocate for our patients. Being a union means we have a place at the table. We are being heard. And now, with the prospect of caregivers at all levels in the hospital forming a union, we can look forward to the day where the majority of people who work at Sacred Heart are organized. This is a chance for you to have a voice as well. Please take full advantage of this opportunity. Unions stick together, and we are ready to support you however we can.”

David Schwartz, M.D.
President, Pacific Northwest Hospital Medicine Association
Sacred Heart Hospitalist