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Washington State Providers Are Forming Unions


Dear Colleagues,

Have you heard the news?  Doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners in Washington State are unionizing.  On August 1, 2016 the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) delivered a petition to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) requesting that doctors at Auburn Medical Center (AMC) be granted a union representation election.  Doctors voted in favor of the union in an election that ended on October 13th and soon began negotiating with their employer, MultiCare Health System, for their first contract.

In March 2017, providers from MultiCare Legacy Urgent care delivered their petitions for representation to the NLRB.  They voted to unionize on April 17th, and will soon begin their first negotiations.

Providers at other MultiCare facilites, as well as those at CHI-Franciscan and Swedish, are not far behind in their organizing campaigns.  If you are employed by one of these entities, I encourage you to join your colleagues by clicking a blue button below and signing a union authorization petition. By signing, you agree that you wish to be represented by UAPD for the purposes of negotiating with your employer on wages, hours and working conditions.


MultiCare Authorization      Franciscan Authorization      Swedish Authorization


If you are a doctor working at another facility in the Pacific Northwest, and would like to learn more about unionization, you can contact UAPD here or at the number below.



Stuart A. Bussey, MD, JD, President, UAPD


Contact UAPD Washington

708 Broadway
Suites 300 D and F
Tacoma, WA 98402

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