Providence claims nurses union is asking travel nurses to turn down contracts during strike

The Oregon Nurses Association pushed back against the claim, saying that honoring a strike and not crossing the picket line is standard practice for all unions.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Ahead of a three-day nurses strike involving more than 3,000 nurses at six Providence hospitals across the state of Oregon, it appears tensions could not be higher.

The hospital system has accused the union — the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) — of interfering with patient care by calling on other nurses, including travel nurses, to not accept contracts at the six hospitals, while the union is accusing Providence of violating Oregon’s nurse safe staffing law. 

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