Caregivers Union Pickets Outside Yakima Regional Medical Center
YAKIMA, Wash-- Workers picketed Wednesday outside of Yakima Regional Medical Center. It's an informational picket, the caregivers union is trying to raise awareness about their contract negotiations with the hospital.
For several hours the workers picketed on the sidewalk outside regional. They're part of Service Employees International Union, it represents around 350 service, maintenance and technical workers at Regional.
The union and hospital have been in contract negotiations for five months now, but have yet to reach an agreement.
John Procopio is a certified nursing assistant, he's been through several negotiations with Regional, but said this one is different.
"They're just being a whole lot more stubborn. They're not negotiating in the true sense of the word," said Procopio.
Hospital representatives wouldn't go on camera today, but did release a statement about the picketing.
It said, "Considering the economy, our proposal is extremely reasonable, especially as many other companies are proposing wage freezes across the board."
It also said the hospital supports the employees right to picket and that there has been no interruption of patient care.
A union rep said they hope to get back to the negotiation table in early March.