Strike averted as St. Joseph nurses reach agreement on new contract

Nurses at St. Joseph Medical Center nurses in Tacoma aren’t going to strike.

That’s the announcement, after 17 hours of negotiations with federal mediators, made by the Washington State Nurses Association on Saturday. The nurses tentatively agreed to a new contract with hospital administration.

A ratification vote on the tentative agreement is being scheduled, the Nurses Association said.

The nurses at the hospital were in contract negotiations for nearly a year with CHI Franciscan and have participated in 14 negotiation sessions.

Craig Sailor has worked for The News Tribune for 20 years as a reporter, editor and photographer. He previously worked at The Olympian and at other newspapers in Nevada and California.