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Tony Evers urges support for UW Health nurses who authorized strike

UW Health nurses including Shari Signer, from left, Zach Sielaff and Mary Jorgensen voted Wednesday to authorize a strike from 7 a.m. Sept. 13 to 7 a.m. Sept. 16 if the hospital system's administrators do not recognize their union.

MADISON – Gov. Tony Evers issued a brief tweet of support Friday for UW Health nurses who threatened to strike, urging hospital administrators “to come to the table, negotiate a fair agreement, and recognize the union and rights of these nurses.”

“Our nurses at UW Health deserve to have a voice in their workplace so they can do what they do best — care for their patients and keep them healthy and safe,” Evers said in the tweet.

The governor’s support follows a vote Wednesday in which hundreds of UW Health nurses supported a three-day strike from Sept. 13 to Sept. 16 if hospital administrators fail to recognize their union, SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin.

If management does not recognize the union, the nurses will provide a 10-day notice to UW Health so administrators can make preparations to ensure patient safety, as is required by federal labor law. 

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