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EvergreenHealth employees ask for wage increase, safer staffing levels

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

At the Aug. 19 meeting of the EvergreenHealth Board of Commissioners, members of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, the healthcare service workers union, will go before the board to request higher wage increases, safer staffing conditions and better education programs.

The union has been bargaining with EvergreenHealth since last September on the terms of the next three-year contract for services, said Andrea Eisenbarth, a patient support assistant and union member. The most recent offer would include a 1 percent wage raise for the first two years and a 1.25 percent increase on the third year — less than the rate of inflation.

In contrast, EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte has a proposed raise of 18 percent, according to the union.
The contract covers frontline workers, including those who prepare food, clean rooms, help patients get to the toilet, answer phones and sterilize medical instruments. It doesn’t apply to doctors, nurses and management.
No one from EvergreenHealth was available to comment by press time. Look for a longer article in next week’s paper.

Taste of the Valley benefits Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance

  • Written by DAN AZNOFF

The Taste of the Valley was held Saturday night, July 26 at Jubilee Farm in Carnation.  

More than 250 people gathered at the farm on a glorious weekend night to raise funds for the efforts of the Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance to support the local farmers and outdoor enthusiasts who want the valley protected from further development.

Chefs from dozens of celebrated restaurants in Seattle and the Eastside provided tasty samples from their menus to the guests in attendance.

Sammamish resident Cynthia Krass, executive director of the SPVA, remarked, “I am very proud to see those of us that live on the Sammamish Plateau, who have this regional treasure right outside our back door, are recognizing its value, and stepping up to the plate to help preserve it.”

Kla Ha Ya Days Parade takes pride in being the largest parade in the Pacific NW

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

People will start lining First Street early to see the annual Kla Ha Ya Days Parade that starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 19. The Seafair-sanctioned event has been around for more than 100 years and in 2013 was the Pacific Northwest’s largest parade when it boasted 107 parade entries. Kla Ha Ya Days Parade chair, Colleen Currid, expects the same number this year for the community parade.

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Picnic with poets at Poets in the Park

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The public is invited to meet their muse outdoors this summer at Poets in the Park, a free poetry picnic, festival and book fair on Saturday, July 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m, located at the beautiful and retreat-like setting of historic Anderson Park in downtown Redmond.

For a full list of readers and schedule of activities at Poets in the Park, please visit www.redmond.gov/poetlaureate.

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