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Researchers have verified 1,329 hunger deaths in Ethiopia’s Tigray region since the cease-fire there
Author: Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Researchers say they have verified 1,329 deaths from hunger in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region since a cease-fire ended a two-year conflict there in November.


At least 20 dead in gas station explosion as Nagorno-Karabakh residents flee to Armenia
Author: AVET DEMOURIAN, Associated Press

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — At least 20 people were killed and nearly 300 others were injured in an explosion at a crowded gas station in Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region as thousands of ethnic Armenians rushed to flee into neighboring Armenia, the separatist territory’s authorities said Tuesday.


Serbia demands that NATO takes over the policing of Kosovo’s north after a deadly shootout
Author: DUSAN STOJANOVIC, Associated Press

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s president demanded on Tuesday that NATO-led troops stationed in Kosovo take over the security from police in the north of the country, days after violent clashes between armed Serbs and Kosovo police left one officer and three gunmen dead.


Russian drone strikes on Odesa region hit port area and cut ferry service to Romania
Author: ILLIA NOVIKOV, Associated Press

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia struck the Black Sea region of Odesa in a drone barrage that damaged a warehouse, charred dozens of trucks and injured two drivers in fiery explosions that led to the suspension of the ferry service between Romania and Ukraine, officials said Tuesday.


Seattle’s bid to replace downtown retail with housing triggers debate
Author: Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times

SEATTLE — In hopes of reviving part of the city’s core by replacing boarded-up storefronts with market-rate apartments or condos, Seattle leaders are considering zoning changes along Third Avenue.


Trump lawyers say prosecutors want to ‘silence’ him with gag order in his federal 2020 election case
Author: ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump are slamming prosecutors’ request for a narrow gag order in his 2020 election subversion case in Washington, calling it an effort to “unconstitutionally silence” his political speech.


Over a dozen Hells Angels members indicted in brutal attack on 3 Black men in San Diego
Author: Jeremy Childs, Los Angeles Times

A grand jury indicted 17 members and associates of a Hells Angels motorcycle gang in a seemingly unprovoked and brutal attack on three Black men in San Diego this summer.


Portland Business News

PDX loses planned direct Delta route to Asia
Author: Christopher Bjorke
The Portland airport has no direct flights to Asia, but management said it is working to launch one.

NYT Politics

Here’s the latest on the president’s visit to Detroit.
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The Stand (Washington Labor News)

UAPD MultiCare providers authorize strike
Author: admin
96% vote to OK walkout over conditions at urgent care clinics


The following is from the Union of American Physicians & Dentists (UAPD):

TACOMA, Wash. (Sept. 26, 2023) — Providers at MultiCare’s Indigo Urgent Care Clinics overwhelmingly approved a strike authorization vote, sending the health network’s executives a clear message: Improve safety for patients by ending staff burnout.

The vote announced Monday was approved by a 96 percent margin and clears the way for a strike in as soon as 10 days across 24 urgent care clinic locations.

MultiCare providers went on strike in November 2020 for safer conditions.

The announcement comes as contract negotiations between about 80 doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners—represented by the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD)—are set to resume on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Bargaining with MultiCare has focused on several key issues that include excessive patient loads, forcing providers to see patients beyond their 12-hour shifts, no scheduled meal breaks, and wages that do not keep pace with the rising cost of living in Washington.

MultiCare has also refused to address Indigo’s provider turnover rate of 26 percent during the last 12 months.

“MultiCare treats our providers like beasts of burden who pull the expensive wagon that administrators ride upon. That’s just wrong!” said Dr. Stuart Bussey, UAPD president.

The Indigo Urgent Care Clinics serve a critical need in local healthcare by seeing patients who might otherwise arrive at already overcrowded hospital emergency rooms across the Puget Sound.

A strike at 24 clinics would cost MultiCare millions in lost revenue, according to UAPD. A one-week work stoppage would reduce patient out-of-pocket revenue by at least $2 million. The actual amount is likely to be much higher since it does not include revenue from insurance claims.

Tacoma-based MultiCare has revenues of nearly $4 billion annually and its top executives are among the highest paid of any nonprofit healthcare organization in Washington. William Robertson, its chief executive officer, has received double-digit increases, according to public disclosures, and is paid $2.3 million annually. The network’s two other top executives saw similar increases and were paid $2 million and $1.8 million respectively.

The Union of American Physicians & Dentists (UAPD) has organized physicians and providers since 1972. With more than 5,000 members in California, New Mexico, and Washington State, UAPD is the largest union of licensed physicians and advanced practice clinicians nationwide. Members work for state and county governments, large healthcare organizations and nonprofit health systems, as well as providers in private practice. Affiliated with AFSCME and AFL-CIO, UAPD brings the strength of the labor movement to the aid of providers in the interest of better medicine for all. Learn more at

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