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Candlelight Vigil Draws Attention To Olympia Healthcare Workers

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Community leaders joined healthcare workers from Olympia Medical Center this week at a candlelight vigil to bring attention to management's failure to work with frontline caregivers on policies to improve retention, wages and the recruitment of qualified staff.

Olympia Medical Center healthcare workers, joined by community leaders sent a spirited message to management -- be fair to those who care! Fellow UHW members as far away as Antelope Valley joined others in the vigil and showed their solidarity. "We're here for you -- your fight is our fight," said Michael Rivera, RCP, Encino/Tarzana Regional Medical Center.

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Over 300 Nurse Assistants, Respiratory Techs, Lab Assistants, Pharmacy Techs and other healthcare workers are represented by SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West (UHW) at Olympia Medical Center, which is a 204-bed acute care medical/surgical facility.

"We are determined to win competitive wages that keep us here and attract qualified caregivers so our patients get the best care possible," said Richard Saillant Engineering, Olympia Medical Center.

SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West represents 140,000 healthcare workers statewide including approximately 300 members at Olympia Medical Center. SEIU UHW is the largest and fastest growing healthcare union in the western United States and represents every type of healthcare worker, including nurses, professional, technical and service workers.