Organizing During COVID-19

How do you get a group of workers from a Zoom call to the picket lines? Tap into strong leaders. This fall, months into the COVID pandemic, the physicians and APP at MultiCare Indigo were still fighting for N95 masks while their employer denied that proper PPE was even required to see COVID positive and suspect COVID patients. The providers quickly realized that MultiCare would not listen to their concerns unless they gave them a reason to. Leaders mobilized their colleagues and helped prepare them to march at an informational picket and later a two-day strike. MultiCare caved, stating that they heard the providers’ concerns. The providers won a safer workplace and N95 masks. Standing together is what made all the difference.