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Kadlec Nurses Meet for Advisory Vote About What They'll Do Next

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Nurses met to talk about what progress has been made in negotiations. Nurses met to talk about what progress has been made in negotiations.

RICHLAND, WA- Nurses at the Red Lion Hotel in Richland met to talk about the process of the negotiations and to vote whether they will continue to fight or not. 

Nurses met Monday for an Advisory Vote.  The first meeting was at 5 p.m. and the second meeting was at 8 p.m.  Kadlec nurses have been proposing changes to staffing policies or to have enough nurses to cover all the needs of the hospital.  

Back in November the nurses had a rally in John Dam Plaza to tell the public about the negotiations.  The group pointed out contractual issues and explained how patients could be affected because of the nursing shortage with longer working hours.  

Nurses Monday night voted on the next moves they will take.

"I just want the nurses to know that we've worked very hard and the community to know that we've worked very hard to try and get a contract.  We're still working to get a contract, but we need to have our nurses know and get their support," said Narda Leeming, RN at Kadlec and on the negotiating team.

The hospital said they also want to reach an agreement and released a statement.

"Kadlec remains committed to negotiating in good faith with w-s-n-a.  we believe together with our nurses we can come to a successful resolution to this process," wrote Kadlec.

Negotiations may continue next month, but an exact date has not been determined.  WSNA expects to release a statement after Monday's voting sessions on results. 
 

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