August 4, 2011 -
Superior Court Judge M. Karlynn Haberley, Kitsap County, granted today Olympic Medical Center’s application for a 14-day temporary restraining order against SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, stating: “The Court agrees with Plaintiff’s analysis, that the individual defendants are public employees, that the hospital is a public employer, and that the Defendants’ threatened strike is illegal.”
The temporary restraining order averts a threatened 18-hour walk out by SEIU union members on August 11. Further, the court action allows Olympic Medical to call off its order to a national temporary employment agency for 150 replacement health care workers. Estimates to temporarily staff the hospital during an 18-hour strike were approximately $600,000.
In issuing its order, the Court found that if SEIU members were allowed to strike, the hospital district would “suffer actual and substantial injury.”
“We are pleased with the Court’s decision on this matter, as it protects our patients,” says Eric Lewis, chief executive officer, Olympic Medical Center. “We value our nursing staff, service workers and dietary workers who are represented by SEIU, and we look forward to continuing good-faith negotiations with these groups.”
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. OMC is a sole community hospital and rural referral center. It provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.