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ONA nurses and supporters on the strike line at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services. Nurses are advocating for a fair contract that addresses patient safety and community health; secures equitable pay; and solves PeaceHealth's staffing crisis. Photo Courtesy of Kevin Mealy, ONA.
ONA nurses and supporters on the strike line at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services. Nurses are advocating for a fair contract that addresses patient safety and community health; secures equitable pay; and solves PeaceHealth's staffing crisis. Photo Courtesy of Kevin Mealy, ONA.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Home Care Nurses to Lead Candlelight Vigil to Close Historic Strike at PeaceHealth, Feb. 23 (Photo) - 02/22/24

Nurses and elected officials are calling on PeaceHealth to commit to a fair contract agreement that improves community health and safety and addresses its staffing and care crises.

(Springfield, Ore.) – Striking home care nurses, elected leaders and community allies will hold a candlelight vigil near PeaceHealth’s offices in Springfield Friday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. The event will include speeches and media availability and marks the end of nurses’ limited duration strike at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services.

Home health and hospice nurses at PeaceHealth declared a strike Feb. 10 - 24 to protect their community’s health and safety, combat care delays, secure equitable pay and address PeaceHealth’s staffing crisis at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services. 

The more than 90 registered nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services are represented by the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA).

WHAT: ONA-represented nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services will hold a candlelight vigil to discuss PeaceHealth’s pattern of health care cuts in Lane County; its impact on local patients and providers; and how nurses and allies can hold PeaceHealth accountable to our community.

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. 6 - 6:45 p.m.

WHERE: Intersection of MLK Jr./Beltline and Game Farm Rd. near PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center Riverbend in Springfield, OR. Street parking is available nearby. However participants are encouraged to park at ONA’s strike headquarters and shuttle to and from the vigil. ONA strike headquarters is located at 1075 International Way, Springfield, OR.

WHO: Home health and hospice nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services, hospital nurses, doctors, patients, elected officials, and community allies.

WHY: PeaceHealth’s corporate executives in Washington have spent the last year low-balling home care nurses in contract negotiations—insisting they are worth less than PeaceHealth Sacred Heart hospital nurses at Riverbend and less than nurses at other home care agencies. PeaceHealth’s disrespect towards nurses and their patients has driven nearly a quarter of nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services to leave. Another one-third of nurses plan to leave if PeaceHealth continues shortchanging patients and providers. Fewer nurses means home-bound patients and their families suffer from care delays, receive fewer treatments and ring up costly hospital readmissions bills.

PeaceHealth’s failure to retain and recruit home care nurses has real impacts for vulnerable patients who are experiencing delays and a loss of service. PeaceHealth was only able to admit 57% of hospital-referred home care patients into its programs in a timely fashion in October. The national average is 95%.

Nurses began negotiating with PeaceHealth executives in February 2023 and have been working on an expired contract since April 2023. 

Since receiving nurses’ strike notice Jan. 19, PeaceHealth has committed multiple unfair labor practices including refusing to meet and bargain in good faith with local nurses and for threatening to terminate health insurance for home care nurses and their families. 

Coming off of a successful limited duration strike, nurses are again asking PeaceHealth executives in Washington to come to the table and reach a fair contract agreement that enables them to recruit and retain the highly skilled and valuable nurses who care for some of the most complex home care patients in the state. 

Nurses are not discouraging patients from seeking care during the strike, however PeaceHealth patients may experience delays, cancellations or substandard care as PeaceHealth refused to temporarily transfer patients to other home health agencies and is relying on scab workers from an out-of-state, for-profit company.

The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) is the state’s largest and most influential nursing organization. We are a professional association and labor union which represents more than 18,000 nurses and allied health workers throughout the state, including more than 90 nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services and nearly 1,500 frontline nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center. ONA’s mission is to advocate for nursing, quality health care and healthy communities. For more information visit: www.OregonRN.org.

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Friday, Feb. 23. Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org

  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by appointment
  • 6 p.m. Candlelight Vigil. Nurses are holding a vigil to talk about PeaceHealth’s repeated care cuts in our community, its impact on vulnerable patients and our hopes for the future.

Saturday, Feb. 24. No Scheduled Events

ONA nurses on strike at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services to reach a fair contract agreement that addresses patient safety and community health; secure equitable pay; and solves PeaceHealth's staffing crisis. Photo Courtesy of Kevin Mealy, ONA.
ONA nurses on strike at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services to reach a fair contract agreement that addresses patient safety and community health; secure equitable pay; and solves PeaceHealth's staffing crisis. Photo Courtesy of Kevin Mealy, ONA.
ONA Files Unfair Labor Practice Against PeaceHealth for Refusing to Meet with Nurses; Canceling Scheduled Mediation (Photo) - 02/18/24

PeaceHealth has refused to meet with home care nurses for a month. 

(Springfield, Ore.) – The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) has filed an unfair labor practice charge against PeaceHealth for refusing to meet and bargain with local nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services. After receiving a strike notice Jan. 19, PeaceHealth unilaterally canceled a Jan. 23 meeting with nurses and a federal mediator and has refused to sit down with nurses for the last month. Local nurses have repeatedly offered to meet with PeaceHealth executives to reach a fair contract agreement to prevent or end a strike but PeaceHealth has declined.

Home health and hospice nurses at PeaceHealth declared a limited duration strike Feb. 10 - 24 to protect their community’s health and safety, combat care delays, secure equitable pay and address PeaceHealth’s staffing crisis at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services. 

The more than 90 registered nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services are represented by the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA).

“It’s disappointing that PeaceHealth executives would rather sit back and scroll Instagram than talk to the frontline nurses they count on. Our strike line is only 50 yards from their front door. We’re not hard to find. We’ll meet them anywhere, anytime,” said Jo Turner, a local hospice nurse and ONA chair at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services. “We love our patients, we love our jobs, and we’d love nothing more than to get a fair contract and get back to work. But we can’t talk to an empty chair. We need PeaceHealth’s executives to show up and prove they care about the people in our community the way nurses do.”

The National Labor Relations Act requires companies like PeaceHealth to bargain in good faith. “Section 8(a)(5) of the Act makes it an unfair labor practice for an employer ‘to refuse to bargain collectively with the representatives of its employees’” specifying that companies must meet with union representatives at reasonable times and reasonable intervals. ONA nurses and PeaceHealth had 40 contract negotiation meetings between Feb. 2023 - Jan. 2024.

However, the two sides have not met since Jan. 12 due to PeaceHealth’s ongoing refusal to negotiate with home care nurses. 

The National Labor Relations Board adjudicates unfair labor practice charges and can impose financial and legal penalties on companies like PeaceHealth which break the law. ONA previously filed an unfair labor practice charge against PeaceHealth after it unlawfully threatened to cancel nurses’ health insurance. 

ONA home health and hospice nurses at PeaceHealth are holding a limited duration strike Feb. 10 - 24. Nurses are not discouraging patients from seeking care during the strike, however PeaceHealth patients may experience delays, cancellations or substandard care as PeaceHealth refused to temporarily transfer patients to other home health agencies and is relying on scab workers from an out-of-state, for-profit company.

The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) is the state’s largest and most influential nursing organization. We are a professional association and labor union which represents more than 18,000 nurses and allied health workers throughout the state, including more than 90 nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services and nearly 1,500 frontline nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center. ONA’s mission is to advocate for nursing, quality health care and healthy communities. For more information visit: www.OregonRN.org.

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Monday, Feb. 19. Press Contact: Peter Starzynski, 503-960-7989, starzynski@oregonrn.org 

  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by appointment

Tuesday, Feb. 20. Press Contact: Peter Starzynski, 503-960-7989, starzynski@oregonrn.org  

  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by appointment

Wednesday, Feb. 21. Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org

  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by appointment

Thursday, Feb. 22. Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org

  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by appointment

Friday, Feb. 23. Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org

  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by appointment
  • 6 p.m. Candlelight Vigil. Nurses are holding a vigil to talk about PeaceHealth’s repeated care cuts in our community, its impact on vulnerable patients and our hopes for the future.

Saturday, Feb. 24. Strike Concludes


ONA nurses on strike at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services are hosting a 'Labor of Love' rally on Valentine's Day to showcase nurses' love for their community and unions' solidarity with local nurses who are striking to improve patient safety and community health; secure equitable pay; and solve PeaceHealth's staffing crisis. Photo Courtesy of ONA.
ONA nurses on strike at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services are hosting a 'Labor of Love' rally on Valentine's Day to showcase nurses' love for their community and unions' solidarity with local nurses who are striking to improve patient safety and community health; secure equitable pay; and solve PeaceHealth's staffing crisis. Photo Courtesy of ONA.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Nurses Hosting "Labor of Love" Rally on Valentine's Day Amid PeaceHealth Strike (Photo) - 02/14/24

Union Members Unite Behind Local Nurses on Valentine’s Day 

(Eugene/Springfield, Ore.) – Striking home care nurses are hosting a day of love and solidarity on the picket line Wednesday, Feb. 14. Nurses' “Labor of Love” event will bring together nurses, union allies, and community members to show their love, support and solidarity for nurses on strike at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services and celebrate the broader labor movement in Oregon. 

The Valentine's Day rally will showcase home health and hospice nurses’ love for their community, their patients, and their profession as they join together with local union leaders to continue the fight for a just and fair contract at PeaceHealth. 

The more than 90 union registered nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services are represented by the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA).

Event Details:

  • Date: Valentine’s Day. Feb. 14, 2024
  • Times:
    • Picketing 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
    • Food 4 - 5:30 p.m. 
    • “Labor of Love” Union Rally with Music and Speakers 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: 
    • Parking, food and shuttles available at ONA Strike Headquarters 1075 International Way, Springfield, OR 97477.
    • “Labor of Love” Rally at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services offices 123 International Way, Springfield, OR 97477. 
  • Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org

Local doctors, nurses, and first responders are scheduled to speak at the 5:30 p.m. rally alongside other union leaders and community allies. Speakers will share firsthand accounts of the challenges health care workers and their patients are facing and celebrate the continued strength and solidarity of Oregon’s labor movement. 

ONA home health and hospice nurses are in the midst of a limited duration strike at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services. Picket lines will be maintained Monday - Friday, Feb. 10 -24 from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services offices (123 International Way, Springfield, OR 97477). Nurses are available for media interviews Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the picket line by appointment and during Wednesday’s “Labor of Love” rally event. Please contact Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org, to arrange interviews or filming. 

Local home health and hospice nurses deliver hospital-quality care to patients’ homes—helping heal patients with traumatic injuries and illnesses, keeping seniors independent, and giving dying individuals and their families dignity and freedom during the final stage of life. According to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, “Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility.”

Despite their essential work, PeaceHealth executives have repeatedly low-balled home care nurses in contract negotiations—telling them they’re worth less than PeaceHealth Sacred Heart hospital nurses and less than other home care nurses. PeaceHealth’s disrespect towards nurses and their patients has driven nearly a quarter of nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services to leave. Another one-third of nurses plan to leave if PeaceHealth continues shortchanging patients and providers. Fewer nurses means home-bound patients and their families suffer from care delays, receive fewer treatments and ring up costly hospital readmissions bills. 

Nurses began negotiating with PeaceHealth executives in February 2023 and have been working on an expired contract since April 2023. 

Nurses are not discouraging patients from seeking care during the strike, however PeaceHealth patients may experience delays, cancellations or substandard care as PeaceHealth refused to temporarily transfer patients to other home health agencies and is relying on scab workers from an out-of-state, for-profit company.

The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) is the state’s largest and most influential nursing organization. We are a professional association and labor union which represents more than 18,000 nurses and allied health workers throughout the state, including more than 90 nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services and nearly 1,500 frontline nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center. ONA’s mission is to advocate for nursing, quality health care and healthy communities. For more information visit: www.OregonRN.org.

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FOR MEDIA PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY:

In addition to picketing, other activities are scheduled during the limited duration strike. More information below. 

NOTE: Schedules are subject to change. Please reach out to the identified ONA press contact for information specific dates, times and locations of events.

Wednesday, Feb. 14 Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org 

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by Appointment
  • 5:30 p.m. ‘Labor of Love’ Rally and Picket. A special day for union members and allies to join the picket line and show their love and solidarity for local nurses on strike.

Thursday, Feb. 15 Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by Appointment

Friday, Feb. 16 Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by Appointment

Additional dates and events will be shared with media next week. 

ONA nurses on strike at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services share why they need a fair contract to address patient safety and community health; secure equitable pay; and solve PeaceHealth's staffing crisis. Nurses spoke to the Eugene City Council Feb. 12. Photo Courtesy of Kevin Mealy, ONA.
ONA nurses on strike at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services share why they need a fair contract to address patient safety and community health; secure equitable pay; and solve PeaceHealth's staffing crisis. Nurses spoke to the Eugene City Council Feb. 12. Photo Courtesy of Kevin Mealy, ONA.
Home Care Nurses Deliver Compelling Testimony at Eugene City Council Amid Strike (Photo) - 02/13/24

(Eugene, Ore.) – In a powerful display of caregiver advocacy, home health and hospice nurses on strike at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services took center stage at the Eugene City Council Monday, Feb. 12. Nurses shared their experiences caring for vulnerable patients and families throughout Lane County; discussed PeaceHealth’s nursing crisis; and shed light on the critical issues that have forced them to strike.

The more than 90 registered nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services are represented by the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA).

“We are the community nurses. We go out to your homes. We go out to wherever you are. We are in the South Hills, we are in the homeless camps. We’ve been shot at, we’ve been thrown at, we’ve been threatened … but we’ve also been welcomed with open arms,” said Jo Turner, ONA bargaining unit chair and a hospice nurse at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services. “We’ve been with people as they passed. We have given our hearts and our empathy and been welcomed by so many. I’ve held people’s hands as they’ve died and it felt like a great honor.”

Eugene city councilors listened attentively to nurses and a majority offered their support and promised to join nurses on the picket line to help secure a fair contract which addresses patient safety and community health; secures equitable pay; and helps solve PeaceHealth’s staffing crisis. 

“Thank you to the nurses who are taking care of us,” said Councilor Emily Semple. “I hope I don’t need you to come to my house, but I am so grateful that you would. I hear you can take the bus right out to the strike line … I’ll see you there.”

“Thank you for being a frontline worker. I know you kicked off a strike on Saturday,” said Councilor Matt Keating. “I look forward to joining you on the picket lines and I stand in solidarity for a fair contract, fair wages and working conditions that are safe and free from hazard.” 

“Thank you to the nurses for coming and speaking with us tonight,” said Councilor Randy Groves. “I appreciate the fight you’re in. I support you and I too will see you on the picket line.”

“Thank you all for coming, especially the ONA. I totally agree that the work you do is amazing and gives you your own self-worth; but it’s also the same work that the nurses do at the hospital and you deserve equal pay,” said Councilor Alan Zelenka. “It’s the same amount of work, the same kind of compassion, the same kind of expertise and to me that deserves equal pay. Just because you’re not in the hospital doesn’t mean you’re not doing the same work.”

Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis also voiced her solidarity with striking nurses. Vinis previously attended and spoke at nurses’ strike kickoff rally Feb. 10.

“This is directly related to our loss of the UD (University District) hospital in terms of the needs and demands we have. If we don’t have that hospital we want to make sure that people can be treated in their homes where they will be safer and recover—or have a better chance at recovery—or if they’re needing hospice,” said Mayor Vinis during the council meeting. “Thank you for standing strong.” 

ONA home health and hospice nurses at PeaceHealth are holding a limited duration strike Feb. 10 - 24. Picket lines will be maintained Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services offices (123 International Way, Springfield, OR 97477) for the duration of the strike. Nurses are available for media interviews Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the picket line by appointment. Please contact Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org, to arrange interviews or filming. 

Local home health and hospice nurses deliver hospital-quality care to patients’ homes—helping heal patients with traumatic injuries and illnesses, keeping seniors independent, and giving dying individuals and their families dignity and freedom during the final stage of life. According to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, “Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility.”

Despite their essential work, PeaceHealth executives have repeatedly low-balled home care nurses in contract negotiations—telling them they’re worth less than PeaceHealth Sacred Heart hospital nurses and less than other home care nurses. PeaceHealth’s disrespect towards nurses and their patients has driven nearly a quarter of nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services to leave. Another one-third of nurses plan to leave if PeaceHealth continues shortchanging patients and providers. Fewer nurses means home-bound patients and their families suffer from care delays, receive fewer treatments and ring up costly hospital readmissions bills. 

Nurses began negotiating with PeaceHealth executives in February 2023 and have been working on an expired contract since April 2023. 

Nurses are not discouraging patients from seeking care during the strike, however PeaceHealth patients may experience delays, cancellations or substandard care as PeaceHealth refused to temporarily transfer patients to other home health agencies and is relying on scab workers from an out-of-state, for-profit company.

The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) is the state’s largest and most influential nursing organization. We are a professional association and labor union which represents more than 18,000 nurses and allied health workers throughout the state, including more than 90 nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services and nearly 1,500 frontline nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center. ONA’s mission is to advocate for nursing, quality health care and healthy communities. For more information visit: www.OregonRN.org.

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FOR MEDIA PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY:

In addition to picketing, other activities are scheduled during the limited duration strike. More information below. 

NOTE: Schedules are subject to change. Please reach out to the identified ONA press contact for information specific dates, times and locations of events.

Tuesday, Feb. 13 Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by Appointment

Wednesday, Feb. 14 Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org 

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by Appointment
  • 5:30 p.m. ‘Labor of Love’ Rally and Picket. A special day for union members and allies to join the picket line and show their love and solidarity for local nurses on strike.

Thursday, Feb. 15 Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by Appointment

Friday, Feb. 16 Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by Appointment

Additional dates and events will be shared with media next week. 
 

Media Advisory: Frontline Employees to Hold Vigil Demanding Providence Be Held Accountable - 02/12/24

WHAT: ONA-represented nurses from Providence Milwaukie will host a candlelight vigil to highlight issues that jeopardize patient care at all Providence facilities.

Emergency and hospital departments have been dealing with an unrelenting stream of patients struggling with mental health and addiction issues while experiencing chronic understaffing. The failure of Providence to fully staff these departments has resulted in an increase in wait times and a decrease in the number of beds available to patients. Due to the increasing complexity of patients’ medical needs, more nurses should be on shift at any given time, and social workers need to have more time allocated to connect patients to other resources in the community. Even more troubling, Providence recently announced its intent to increase nurse staffing ratios on some units, which could increase complications that arise from missed care such as medical errors, health care disparities, infections, and much more.  

WHO: Speakers will include ONA member leaders from Providence, local union leaders from SEIU, OFNHP, and Teamsters and community allies.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 13, 2024, from 6-7 p.m.

WHERE: Sidewalk in front of Providence Milwaukie Hospital, 10150 SE 32nd Ave, Milwaukie, OR 97222  

WHY: “Know me, care for me, ease my way” is the motto that Providence Health System says it uses to guide decision-making. But instead, they are guided by a corporate care model that puts profits before patients.  

It’s time to call Providence out on its failures. ONA nurses, health professionals, physicians, and their community and labor allies are holding a candlelight vigil to highlight the ongoing patient care crisis at Providence facilities. Join us to say ‘No More’ to unsafe workloads and added job requirements, chronic staffing shortages, and massive attrition caused by gross inequities in working conditions.

The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) is the state’s largest and most influential nursing organization. We are a professional association and labor union that represents more than 18,000 nurses and allied health workers throughout the state. ONA’s mission is to advocate for nursing, quality health care and healthy communities. For more information visit: www.OregonRN.org.  

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Nearly 200 home care nurses and community supporters participated in a strike kickoff rally and picket at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services in Springfield, OR Feb. 10. Photo Courtesy of ONA.
Nearly 200 home care nurses and community supporters participated in a strike kickoff rally and picket at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services in Springfield, OR Feb. 10. Photo Courtesy of ONA.
Media Advisory: Nurse Strike Continues Monday, Feb. 12 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services (Photo) - 02/12/24

Nurses to speak at Eugene City Council Monday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 pm.

(Eugene/Springfield, Ore.) – Following a successful strike kickoff rally and picket Saturday, Feb. 10, home health and hospice nurses are back on the picket line Monday, Feb. 12 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services in Lane County.

In addition to picketing, home health and hospice nurses plan to testify at the Eugene City Council meeting Monday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m at the LCC Downtown Building (101 West 10th Avenue, Suite 114, Eugene, OR 97401). Nurses will share their experiences healing and helping vulnerable patients and families throughout Lane County; discuss PeaceHealth’s nursing crisis; and address PeaceHealth's failure to come to a fair agreement with frontline caregivers and its impact on homebound patients and the local community. 

Home health and hospice nurses at PeaceHealth are holding a limited duration strike Feb. 10 - 24 to protect their community’s health and safety, combat care delays, secure equitable pay and address PeaceHealth’s staffing crisis at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services. Picket lines will be maintained Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services offices (123 International Way, Springfield, OR 97477) for the duration of the strike. Nurses are available for media interviews Monday, Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the picket line by appointment. Please contact Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org, to arrange interviews or filming. 

The more than 90 registered nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services are represented by the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA).

On Saturday, Feb. 10, nearly 200 home care nurses and community allies participated in a strike kickoff rally and picket. Participants included Congresswoman Val Hoyle, a representative from Senator Jeff Merkley's office, State Senator James Manning, House Majority Leader Julie Fahey, State Representative and registered nurse Travis Nelson, Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis, Springfield City Councilor Kori Rodly, ONA President Tamie Cline, along with union leaders, frontline health care workers from local hospitals and home health agencies, former patients and their families and nurses from PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services. 

Local home health and hospice nurses deliver hospital-quality care to patients’ homes—helping heal patients with traumatic injuries and illnesses, keeping seniors independent, and giving dying individuals and their families dignity and freedom during the final stage of life. According to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, “Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility.”

Despite their essential work, PeaceHealth executives have repeatedly low-balled home care nurses in contract negotiations—telling them they’re worth less than PeaceHealth Sacred Heart hospital nurses and less than other home care nurses. PeaceHealth’s disrespect towards nurses and their patients has driven nearly a quarter of nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services to leave. Another one-third of nurses plan to leave if PeaceHealth continues shortchanging patients and providers. Fewer nurses means home-bound patients and their families suffer from care delays, receive fewer treatments and ring up costly hospital readmissions bills. 

Nurses began negotiating with PeaceHealth executives in February 2023 and have been working on an expired contract since April 2023. 

Nurses are not discouraging patients from seeking care during the strike, however PeaceHealth patients may experience delays, cancellations or substandard care as PeaceHealth refused to temporarily transfer patients to other home health agencies and is relying on scab workers from an out-of-state, for-profit company.

The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) is the state’s largest and most influential nursing organization. We are a professional association and labor union which represents more than 18,000 nurses and allied health workers throughout the state, including more than 90 nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services and nearly 1,500 frontline nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center. ONA’s mission is to advocate for nursing, quality health care and healthy communities. For more information visit: www.OregonRN.org.

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FOR MEDIA PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY:

In addition to picketing, other activities are scheduled during the limited duration strike. More information below. 

NOTE: Schedules are subject to change. Please reach out to the identified ONA press contact for information specific dates, times and locations of events.

Monday, Feb. 12. Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org 

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by Appointment
  • 7:30 p.m. Nurses Speak Out at City Council. Nurses will attend the Eugene City Council meeting to share why caregivers and patients need a fair contract from PeaceHealth to provide the high-quality care our community members count on.

Tuesday, Feb. 13 Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by Appointment

Wednesday, Feb. 14 Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org 

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by Appointment
  • 5:30 p.m. ‘Labor of Love’ Rally and Picket. A special day for union members and allies to join the picket line and show their love and solidarity for local nurses on strike.

Thursday, Feb. 15 Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by Appointment

Friday, Feb. 16 Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by Appointment

Additional dates and events will be shared with media next week. 

ONA nurses are advocating for a fair contract at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services.
ONA nurses are advocating for a fair contract at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Nurses on strike at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services, Feb. 10 - 24 (Photo) - 02/09/24

Frontline Nurses are Striking to Address Record Turnover and Pay Inequities at PeaceHealth’s Home Health and Hospice Agency in Lane County

(Springfield, Ore.) – Oregon home health and hospice nurses go on strike Feb. 10 to protect their community’s health and safety, combat care delays, secure equitable pay and address PeaceHealth’s staffing crisis at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services. 

The more than 90 registered nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services are represented by the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA).

Nurses' strike will run from Saturday, Feb. 10 to Saturday, Feb. 24. There will be a Strike Kickoff Rally Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. with speakers scheduled to start at 10:20 a.m.

Speakers scheduled to appear in support of nurses include:

  • Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis
  • Oregon House Majority Leader Julie Fahey
  • Oregon State Representative Travis Nelson
  • A Message from U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
  • Tamie Cline, ONA President
  • Chris Rompala, ONA Chair at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center
  • Jo Turner, ONA Chair at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services
  • Along with other local home health and hospice nurses and allies

Journalists and media members are encouraged to attend this event to capture the voices and stories of home health and hospice nurses and inform the community about PeaceHealth’s care crisis.

Local home health and hospice nurses deliver hospital-quality care to patients’ homes—helping heal patients with traumatic injuries and illnesses, keeping seniors independent, and giving dying individuals and their families dignity and freedom during the final stage of life. According to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, “Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility.”

Despite their essential work, PeaceHealth executives have repeatedly low-balled home care nurses in contract negotiations—telling them they’re worth less than PeaceHealth Sacred Heart hospital nurses and less than other home care nurses. PeaceHealth’s disrespect towards nurses and their patients has driven nearly a quarter of nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services to leave. Another one-third of nurses plan to leave if PeaceHealth continues shortchanging patients and providers. Fewer nurses means home-bound patients and their families suffer from care delays, receive fewer treatments and ring up costly hospital readmissions bills. 

Nurses began negotiating with PeaceHealth executives in February 2023 and have been working on an expired contract since April 2023. 

Nurses and allies will also picket PeaceHealth from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 and resume picketing at 7 a.m. Monday, February 12. Picket lines will be maintained at the following locations and times for the duration of the strike. PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services offices at 123 International Way, Springfield, OR 97477. Feb. 10 - 24. Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. 

Nurses are not discouraging patients from seeking care during the strike, however PeaceHealth patients may experience delays, cancellations or substandard care as PeaceHealth refused to temporarily transfer patients to other home health agencies and is relying on scab workers from an out-of-state, for-profit company.

The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) is the state’s largest and most influential nursing organization. We are a professional association and labor union which represents more than 18,000 nurses and allied health workers throughout the state, including more than 90 nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services and nearly 1,500 frontline nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center. ONA’s mission is to advocate for nursing, quality health care and healthy communities. For more information visit: www.OregonRN.org.

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FOR MEDIA PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY:

In addition to picketing, other activities are scheduled during the limited duration strike. More information below. 

NOTE: Schedules are subject to change. Please reach out to the identified ONA press contact for information specific dates, times and locations of events.

Saturday, Feb. 10. Press Contacts: Myrna Jensen, 907-350-6260, jensen@oregonrn.org & Peter Starzynski, 503-960-7989, starzynski@oregonrn.org 

  • 10 a.m. Strike Kickoff Rally
    • Speakers scheduled to start at 10:20 a.m.
  • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nurse and Allies Press Availability on Strike Line

Sunday, Feb. 11. No Scheduled Activities

Monday, Feb. 12. Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org 

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by Appointment
  • 7:30 p.m. Nurses Speak Out at City Council. Nurses will attend the Eugene City Council meeting to share why caregivers and patients need a fair contract from PeaceHealth to provide the high-quality care our community members count on.

Tuesday, Feb. 13 Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by Appointment

Wednesday, Feb. 14 Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org 

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by Appointment
  • 5:30 p.m. ‘Labor of Love’ Rally and Picket. A special day for union members and allies to join the picket line and show their love and solidarity for local nurses on strike.

Thursday, Feb. 15 Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by Appointment

Friday, Feb. 16 Press Contact: Kevin Mealy, 765-760-2203, Mealy@OregonRN.org

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nurse Press Availability on Strike Line by Appointment

Additional dates and events will be shared with media next week. 

ONA nurses and allies hold a community-wide informational picket outside PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services Eugene offices Nov. 29. Photo Courtesy of the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA).
ONA nurses and allies hold a community-wide informational picket outside PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services Eugene offices Nov. 29. Photo Courtesy of the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA).
Nurses File Unfair Labor Practice Against PeaceHealth for Threatening to Cut Workers' Health Insurance (Photo) - 02/02/24

PeaceHealth Continues Refusing to Meet with Nurses after Canceling Scheduled Mediation

(Eugene, OR) – The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) has filed an unfair labor practice charge alleging PeaceHealth executives responded to a strike notice by threatening to terminate health insurance for home care nurses and their families throughout Lane County. While nurses from PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services remain willing to meet while preparing to picket PeaceHealth Feb. 10 - 24; PeaceHealth executives have refused to sit down with nurses and made plans to cut workers' health insurance.

After receiving nurses’ original strike notice Jan. 19, PeaceHealth executives told workers it planned to terminate striking nurses’ health insurance along with any covered family members—including people with chronic health conditions or disabilities. Threatening to cut its own workers' health insurance in retaliation for engaging in protected activities is a clear violation of federal law. The National Labor Relations Act prevents companies like PeaceHealth from threatening, punishing or retaliating against workers who engage in protected union activities including strikes.

“Even after everything PeaceHealth has put this community through over the last few years, threatening to cut its own nurses’ health care is a new low. This is a direct attack on local health care professionals and their families,” said ONA President Tamie Cline, RN. “Shame on the executives running PeaceHealth for putting profits before patients and the nurses who care for them. Why would anyone in this community trust PeaceHealth to provide health care for them when PeaceHealth refuses to provide health care for its own workers?”

The ULP states PeaceHealth broke federal law and its own internal policies by threatening to punish and retaliate against workers and their families for striking. The National Labor Relations Board adjudicates ULPs and can impose financial and legal penalties on companies like PeaceHealth which break federal law. The board is expected to open an investigation into PeaceHealth’s conduct.

“PeaceHealth has a bad reputation for threatening its own workers’ health care. While we are deeply disappointed PeaceHealth threatened to terminate health insurance for local nurses and their families at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services—we were not surprised,” said ONA spokesperson Kevin Mealy. “Nurses are willing to sacrifice to make sure everyone in this community receives the care and respect they deserve and we’re prepared to ensure nurses and their families continue to have access to health insurance throughout this strike regardless of the dates.” 

While nurses have offered to continue negotiating with PeaceHealth to try to reach a fair agreement and prevent a strike, PeaceHealth executives canceled their Jan. 23 meeting with nurses and a federal mediator and have refused to meet with frontline nurses since. PeaceHealth’s refusal to meet with nurses and bargain in good faith also violates the National Labor Relations Act. 

Local home care nurses are striking to protect community health and safety and address PeaceHealth’s staffing crisis. The strike runs Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7 a.m. to Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7 a.m. outside PeaceHealth’s Sacred Heart Home Care Services Springfield office (123 International Way, Springfield, OR) Nurses will hold a kickoff rally Sat. Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. and invite community members to participate in the kickoff rally and join nurses on the picket line each weekday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) is the state’s largest and most influential nursing organization. We are a professional association and labor union which represents more than 18,000 nurses and allied health workers throughout the state, including more than 90 nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services and nearly 1,500 frontline nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center. ONA’s mission is to advocate for nursing, quality health care and healthy communities. For more information visit: www.OregonRN.org.

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ONA nurses are advocating for a fair contract at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services.
ONA nurses are advocating for a fair contract at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services.
Nurses Announce New Strike Dates at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services (Photo) - 01/25/24

Amid Concerns PeaceHealth Isn’t Prepared to Care for Patients, Nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services Reschedule Strike to Feb. 10 - 24.

(Eugene, OR) – Home care nurses in Lane County have adjusted their strike dates to Feb. 10 - 24 after PeaceHealth executives canceled contract negotiations and appeared unprepared to care for patients during a strike. On Jan. 19, frontline home health and hospice nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services notified PeaceHealth executives a strike would begin Feb. 1. This gave PeaceHealth two weeks to transfer patients to other home care agencies or join nurses at the bargaining table and reach a fair agreement to prevent a strike. 

Unfortunately, PeaceHealth executives chose to cancel their previously scheduled contract mediation session with nurses and have been slow to provide alternate care arrangements for current and new home health and hospice patients.

The more than 90 registered nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services are represented by the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA).

“Our community’s health and safety is nurses’ no. 1 priority. Frankly, we have no confidence in PeaceHealth executives’ ability to provide safe care for patients by Feb. 1. To best support local patients and their families, we’ve made the difficult decision to change our strike dates to Feb. 10 - 24,” said Jo Turner, an ONA member and hospice nurse at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services. “This also gives PeaceHealth’s multimillionaire executives another opportunity to meet with us and prevent a strike. Nurses remain ready and willing to meet them anywhere, anytime. But we’re not holding our breath.”

In advance of the strike, PeaceHealth management has been pushing nurses to pre-fill large supplies of patient medications including opioids and other prescription drugs, recertify patients for services far in advance, and mark patients as only needing one visit every two weeks–even when their current treatment schedule calls for additional visits.

In conversations with patients and families this week, home health and hospice nurses noted local patients had not been contacted by PeaceHealth about temporarily changing home care agencies. Patients and families also did not seem aware that PeaceHealth planned to hire strikebreakers through an out-of-state, for-profit staffing company and rely on “non-union staff to supplement our staffing needs” per a PeaceHealth blog post.

“PeaceHealth executives have had a week to start coordinating care for home-bound patients but they’re still stuck on square one. They’re behind on recruitment and it’s unclear to workers or patients what their staffing plan is or how it would work,” said Kevin Mealy, an ONA spokesperson. “This proves how lost PeaceHealth is without the work of our incredible home care nurses. We hope they start to recognize that and come back to the bargaining table with a fair agreement that improves patient care and treats nurses equally.”

ONA home care nurses in the Eugene/Springfield area overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike in December following nearly a year of unsuccessful contract negotiations with PeaceHealth executives. On Jan. 19, nurses delivered a strike notice to PeaceHealth informing them of the original Feb. 1 strike date. By delaying the strike to Feb. 10 and providing extensive advance notice, nurses are once again putting their community’s health first and giving PeaceHealth additional time to transfer patient care to other home care agencies. It also gives PeaceHealth executives ample time to join nurses at the bargaining table and reach a fair agreement to prevent a strike.

Nurses current strike dates are Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7 a.m. through Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7 a.m. It is a two-week long, limited duration strike. Nurses are planning a kickoff rally outside PeaceHealth’s Sacred Heart Home Care Services Springfield office (123 International Way, Springfield, OR) Saturday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. 

Community members are encouraged to participate in nurses’ kickoff rally Feb. 10 and join nurses on the picket line each weekday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 10 - 24. 

Nurses also invite the community to visit RespectOurNurses.com to learn more about contract negotiations, sign a community petition to support nurses and clinicians, donate to a hardship fund to aid striking nurses, and get more information about the impacts of a strike.

The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) is the state’s largest and most influential nursing organization. We are a professional association and labor union which represents more than 18,000 nurses and allied health workers throughout the state, including 1,500 frontline nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center and Sacred Heart Home Care Services. ONA’s mission is to advocate for nursing, quality health care and healthy communities. For more information visit: www.OregonRN.org.

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