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Tami O’Marro, RN, BSN

A lot has changed since I started in nursing, but not the need for nurses to have a voice in our profession.

In my hospital, nurses formed our union after a former owner cut everyone’s pay by 9%. We were faced with a tough choice: quit the work we love – leave our community for one with decent pay – or stand together to change things. We decided to stand up for our profession, our families and our patients – and we won.

Since then, we’ve been able to improve our wages and patient care. Now nurses can issue a staffing alert when patients need more nurses on the floor, and management has to respond immediately.

We’ve accomplished so much for our patients and our families by having a union. As nurses we are caretakers for our patients, but we also have to be able to care for ourselves and our families. Having a union allows us to do both.

Tami O’Marro
RN, BSN
Spokane Valley, WA
Proud SEIU Member