Nurses and other workers at Swedish Medical Center have overwhelmingly rejected what the hospital system has described as its best and final offer on health-care and retirement benefits.
Cheers went up outside Swedish's First Hill hospital Sunday night when the results were announced to union members. The union leadership had recommended rejecting the offer.
The vote followed six months of contentious negotiations between Swedish and the Service Employees International Union 1199NW, which represents nurses, technicians and other support staff. The union represents 4,200 workers; more than 1,900 union members voted.