Strike ends, hospital workers return to work

By Julie Popper

TACOMA – The 1,100 workers who went on strike Tuesday seeking “better care and better jobs” are returning to work Wednesday. Spokespersons for the workers say they are stronger and more united, and intent on continuing their fight for CHI Franciscan to invest in care and caregivers. The workers maintain that CHI Franciscan, which they say made $165 million in profit last year, is cutting its commitment to frontline care, leaving patients and the community behind.

1,100 hospital workers on strike

TACOMA – CHI Franciscan should care for Pierce County patients, not Denver executives, according to 800 nursing assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses, unit secretaries, dietary workers, housekeepers, sterile processors, and other service workers at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, and 330 service and technical workers at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood who went on strike this morning, standing up for better jobs and better care. They insist that CHI Franciscan, which made $165 million in profit last year, is cutting its commitment to frontline care, leaving patients and the community behind. [Read more…]

Young Entrepreneurs Academy to host information night

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber will host a Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Information Session (Wednesday, November 19, 6-7 pm) for students currently in grades 6-12, their families, and local business leaders to learn about the exciting afterschool program where middle and high school students launch their very own real businesses! YEA! will be hosted at the University of Washington Tacoma on Tuesdays from 4pm-7pm. [Read more…]

Soundpath Health adds Virginia Mason to provider network

Soundpath Health is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached to add Virginia Mason to Soundpath Health’s network of physicians and hospitals effective January 1, 2015.

The agreement provides Virginia Mason patients additional plan choices for their Medicare benefits as well as expands access for Soundpath Health members to high-quality care providers. [Read more…]

Shop small

As the voice for our nation’s entrepreneurs, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrates small businesses each and every day. When our small businesses do well, our communities do well. That’s why, as part of our annual tradition, we are asking you to join millions of Americans and “shop small” on Small Business Saturday™, November 29th.

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Chamber presents 36th annual Military Citizen Award

TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8, presented the 36th annual John H. Anderson Military Citizen Award to Colonel H. Charles “Chuck” Hodges Jr.

Colonel Hodges has more than twenty-nine years of service in the U.S. Army. He has served as Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s commander since August 2012. He and his wife, Cathy, have two children, Shelby and Sam. As JBLM Commander he leads the nearly 3,500 soldiers, airmen and civilians who comprise the Joint Base staff. [Read more…]