CHI Franciscan Rehabilitation Hospital
Resisting pressure from hospital management, nurses at CHI Franciscan Rehabilitation Hospital in Tacoma voted on Feb. 21, 2019 to join the Washington State Nurses Association. The nurses had been employed at St. Joseph Medical Center when the hospital’s rehabilitation department was closed in 2018 and outsourced to CHI.
CHI partnered with Kindred Healthcare to build a freestanding inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers treatment for patients recovering from stroke, brain injury, trauma, orthopedic surgery and other conditions.
The nurses wanted to remain WSNA members and an organizing campaign was launched immediately to bring them back into the fold. The nurses fought off an aggressive antiunion campaign intended to intimidate nurses into voting against the union. WSNA won the election with an overwhelming majority.