At today’s bargaining, management did not bring a counterproposal. Meanwhile, our fellow healthcare workers at area hospitals have just agreed to significant wage increases. We know those nearby healthcare systems have hundreds of vacancies, and we also know that it’s a hard choice for many of us to do the same work without the prospect of comparable wage increases. Without swift action from UW, there will less incentive for us to remain here, and the current staffing crisis will become even more disastrous for our patients and the most vulnerable in our community.