Washington State Nurses Sue to Stop Mandatory H1N1 Jab

WSNA cropdNurses file lawsuit over mandatory flu vaccine

By KOMO News Staff

SEATTLE – A union representing 16,000 registered nurses in Washington state has filed a federal lawsuit against MultiCare Health System for implementing a mandatory flu vaccination policy.

“This new policy will force nurses to get the flu vaccination or to wear face masks as a condition of employment and may result in the firing of nurses who do not comply with the policy,” the union said in a statement.

The lawsuit, filed by the Washington State Nurses Association, seeks an injunction to stop the policy from being implemented at both Tacoma General and Good Samaritan hospitals.

The nurses’ union said in a statement that it supports a voluntary vaccination program, but that any mandatory policy should be overseen by the state or federal government.

“Any mandatory vaccination policy should be implemented on a federal or state level, not through a patchwork of hospital-by-hospital policies,” said Judy Huntington, executive director of the nurses’ association.

The union said it was in the midst of negotiating a flu prevention program it they learned from the nurses that MultiCare had unilaterally implemented a mandatory vaccination policy.

“MultiCare’s unilateral implementation of this policy blatantly ignores their legal obligation to bargain with the union,” said Barbara Frye, the association’s assistant executive director of labor relations.

“Their refusal to bargain and to cease and desist forced us to take this extraordinary measure to seek relief from federal court,” she said.

The union said MultiCare’s proposed plan would require unvaccinated nurses to wear a surgical mask at all times while on duty even though there is a lack of research showing that masks actually prevent flu transmission.

Posted at KOMO News.

8 responses to “Washington State Nurses Sue to Stop Mandatory H1N1 Jab

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  2. “The nurses’ union said in a statement that it supports a voluntary vaccination program, but … Any mandatory vaccination policy should be implemented on a federal or state level, not through a patchwork of hospital-by-hospital policies,” said Judy Huntington, executive director of the nurses’ association.”

    WTF ???

    So, if the gov’t says you must do it, then it’s OK to violate your rights???

    I think the nurses are being scammed by their union or lawyers.

  3. that same point had me scratching my head too.
    NO mandatory shots for anyone choosing not to!
    the guff about masks is plain stupid too.
    there is a 3ft area? where you could be at risk, from what I read, if someone is sniffly and coughing, however IF the hospitals isolation wards work as they should…
    all other wards and areas should be as normal for everyone to be mask free.
    treating staff and doctors are required to wear face and body protection while with the patient, fair enough.
    Unions not brave enough to outright deny the sense of “must be seen to be compliant”

    • yeah, well the Left in the US is but a shadow of genuine Leftist thought… that the unions are in any way standing up to this vaccine scam is a miracle, given they’re US unions.

  4. No. What they’re saying is this: “If this is a TRUE public health crisis, there will be mandates from public health officials that are UNIFORM .. and not decided arbitrarily at the hospital level.

    If this were the travesty you all think it is, there’d be a collective demand for immunization. There is not. These nurses want to know why.

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