Across our union at UW Medicine, our elected bargaining team from Harborview Medical Center, Airlift NW, and UWMC-Northwest Hospital and Clinics is negotiating with management for a wage reopener and for our 2023-2025 contract. The staffing crisis in our hospitals and clinics demands immediate attention, which means our elected bargaining team and UW Medicine are taking new, creative approaches to bargaining our wage reopener and our next contract. We know each of us is experiencing challenges in caring for our patients and that the economy is squeezing our hard-earned dollars more and more. That’s why we agreed to some interim wage increases for some urgently understaffed job classes and told management that we won’t stop fighting for each job to be recognized with interim wage increases.