Olympia hospital workers strike over healthcare costs

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Hundreds of healthcare workers walked off the job at an Olympia hospital early Monday, saying their own healthcare costs are too high.

About 530 nursing assistants, housekeeping, admitting staff and other employees at Providence St. Peter Hospital went on strike at 6 a.m. and planned to remain on the picket line for 5 days.

Doctors and registered nurses remain on the job at the hospital, and officials say they've brought in temporary workers during the strike.

The striking employees say a wage increase offered by the hospital is not enough to even cover annual cost of living increases.