Nurses’ Union Reaches Labor Agreement with PeaceHealth for Hospice, Home Health Workers

After more than a year of negotiations, the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) labor union has reached an agreement with PeaceHealth. Priorities among the hospice and home nurses include wage increases, raising safety standards, ensuring affordable and accessible home health care delivery, equitable pay protection and addressing clinical staffing crises by increasing recruitment and retention of […]

PeaceHealth Hospice Nurses Move Forward with Strike

Hospice and home health nurses at PeaceHealth’s Sacred Heart Home Care Services have announced an impending strike following failed attempts to reach wage agreements in negotiations with the organization. Home care and hospice nurses at PeaceHealth have given notice that the strike will launch on Feb. 1 and end on Feb. 14. Roughly 90 of […]

Palliative Care Physicians Unionizing

Palliative care physicians at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Oregon have voted to unionize, reflecting a growing trend. Labor pressures have haunted hospice and palliative care providers nationwide for several years running, only to be exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. But these pressures also put strains on employees trying to keep up with demand. […]

How the Labor Shortage Affects Frontline Hospice Workers

Amid widespread staffing shortages, hospice and other health care workers may seek to leverage collective bargaining to secure higher wages or improved working conditions. Meanwhile, many providers have leaner resources, having been hit with inflation, rising wages, lingering pandemic headwinds and the labor shortage itself. For these reasons, a number of hospice leaders and industry […]

Hospice, Home Health Nurses Unionize at Oregon’s St. Charles Health System

Nurses at St. Charles Home Health and Hospice in Bend, Oregon, have unionized with the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) to negotiate for improved working conditions, compensation and other issues. The home health and hospice provider is part of the St. Charles Health System, a nonprofit that serves communities in Central Oregon. The system also operates […]