St. Charles, medical techs union reach tentative agreement on contract

St. Charles and the union representing the hospital’ss medical techs have reached a tentative agreement on a first-time contract.

The group will vote on the contract language Wednesday, according to a statement from the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals union.

About 150 medical techs – radiology techs, therapists, technologists, ultrasound techs and others – officially went on strike March 4th after more than a year of failed negotiations over a first contract.

St. Charles medical techs strike; 150+ walk off the job over contract dispute

Members of the union picketed along Neff Road outside the hospital every day during the strike as they sought public support for their efforts.

During the eight-day strike, the hospital assured the public everything was running smoothly inside with contracted replacement workers.

But nurses at St. Charles told a different story, saying the replacement workers weren’t up to speed and patient care was suffering. 

The contract will go into effect once it has been ratified by the represented caregivers.

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