Union of American Physicians and Dentists: United for Patients

Doctors and Patients United for Safer Working Conditions


Indigo physicians, advanced registered nurse practitioners, and physician assistants are calling on their patients and the communities they serve to join an online petition that calls on MultiCare to ensure its Indigo Urgent Care clinics across Washington provide safe work conditions for employees and patients.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers are working the front lines to keep your community safe and healthy. This has become increasingly difficult to achieve at MultiCare’s Indigo Urgent Care clinics as employees are overworked and understaffed — and work at clinics that do not provide sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) for their employees.

“If MultiCare truly cared about their employees and patients, their clinic workers would be provided adequate personal protective equipment (PPE). Work conditions would improve. No employee should have to work 12-hour plus shifts with no break and in the middle of a pandemic, only to be furloughed at MultiCare’s whim. During this COVID-19 pandemic, employees deserve the same respect and appreciation they receive on a daily basis from their patients. It is time for MultiCare to place the interests of healthcare providers and patients before profit.”

Dr. Amir Atabeygi
Indigo Physician

Attention MultiCare Board of Directors:

Please show your appreciation for the physicians and providers who place the health of their patients first. If MultiCare hopes to retain the finest to serve on the front lines during the pandemic, MultiCare must treat their workers with what they deserve: respect, safe work conditions, and an employment contract that ensures job security for their families.

UAPD and Members in the News

5.3.21 News Tribune
MultiCare, urgent care providers reach contract agreement focusing on safety issues

3.4.21 News Tribune
MultiCare fined again for COVID-19 safety violations, this time at Puyallup hospital

2.26.21 KIRO 7 News
MultiCare plans appeal after urgent care clinic in Puyallup cited for COVID violations

2.26.21 Tacoma News Tribune
MultiCare plans appeal after urgent care clinic in Puyallup cited for COVID violations

2.3.21 King 5 News
MultiCare workers considering another strike over safety practices

1.17.21 Time Magazine
The Challenges Posed By COVID-19 Pushed Many Workers to Strike. Will the Labor Movement See Sustained Interest?

1.11.21 KPBS
For Health Care Workers, The Pandemic Is Fueling Renewed Interest In Unions

12.20.20 Tacoma News
Ex-safety manager sues MultiCare, alleges wrongful termination for reporting

12.18.20 Tacoma News
COVID-19 outbreak among staff, patients at Puyallup hospital. Union files complaint

11.28.20 News Tribune
“Tacoma-area health clinic ‘dinosaurs’ were worth fighting for. It’s too bad we lost,” by Scott Voelpel

11.27.20 News Tribune
Clinic worker contracts COVID as his union pressures MultiCare for upgraded masks

11.24.20 News Tribune
Indigo clinic staff launch two-day strike over COVID safety issues

11.24.20 Bloomberg Law
Health-Care Workers Turning to Strikes as Covid-19 Surges Again

11.23.20 Seattle Times
Health providers strike at 20 MultiCare urgent clinics in Puget Sound area

11.23.20 KIRO 7
Urgent care doctors striking over long hours, lack of PPE

11.23.20 King 5
MultiCare doctors, nurse practitioners strike over coronavirus safety concerns

11.23.20 Komo News
Picketing at Tacoma General Hospital as MultiCare clinic doctors strike

11.23.20 Fox Q 13
Health care workers strike amid COVID concerns

11.22.20 The Daily Herald
Physicians to strike, citing inadequate PPE and no breaks

11.17.20 Labor Notes
Will Urgent Care Doctors Be Forced to Strike in a Pandemic for the Right to Go Home?

11.12.20 KOMO News
Multicare urgent care doctors threaten strike over lack of PPE

11.12.20 KING 5 News
MultiCare doctors threaten strike after COVID-19 outbreak in Auburn

11.11.20 Q13 News
Urgent care workers address need for more protective equipment to properly treat COVID-19 patients

11.10.20 Seattle Times
1 patient dead, 8 more infected after outbreak of coronavirus at Auburn Medical Center

11.10.20 Q13-FOX
Patient dies after exposure to COVID-19 patient in Auburn hospital

11.10.20 News Tribune
MultiCare reports new COVID-19 cases among staff, patients at Auburn site; one death

10.08.20 KUOW/NPR
Puget Sound doctors picket, threaten to strike against MultiCare amid Covid-19 safety concerns

10.08.20 The Stand
MultiCare physicians in Tacoma picket over unsafe conditions

10.05.20 News Tribune
Doctors picket in Tacoma as dispute with health system over COVID safety gear heats up (VIDEO)

9.05.20 News Tribune
Union representing MultiCare Indigo clinic cites ‘assembly-line’ conditions

9.3.20 News Release:
Labor Negotiations Stall Between MultiCare and Indigo Urgent Care Doctors

Founded by a private practice physician in 1972, over the last forty years the Union of American Physicians and Dentists has grown into the largest union representing licensed doctors in the United States. Affiliated with AFSCME and the AFL-CIO, UAPD is proud to bring the strength of the labor movement to the aid of working doctors in the interest of better healthcare for all. www.UAPD.com

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