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Olympia hospital workers plan to strike Monday over health costs

Olympia hospital workers plan to strike Monday over health costs

Workers at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia plan to strike Monday over higher out-of-pocket costs for health insurance; hospital officials say employees need to help curb the rising costs of health care.

By Carol M. Ostrom

Seattle Times health reporter

If more than 500 service workers and others at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia go on strike Monday morning as planned, it will be the largest health-care strike since 2004, union officials said.

The licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, health-unit coordinators, and dietary and housekeeping staff who belong to the union contend that Providence has shifted too many health-care costs on to workers, most of whom make relatively low wages. Read more