Washington state healthcare workers postpone strike

SEATTLE (AP) — Thousands of healthcare workers in Washington state have postponed a strike with plans to head back to the negotiating table with their employers. Swedish Medical Center and Providence hospital employees initially planned to go on strike Jan. 14 over employee wages, understaffing and patient safety. Officials at a nurse and health care workers union say they expected to bargain with the two employers through Friday. Swedish representatives say they hope they can reach an agreement with the union. Employees say a strike is still possible if a deal is not reached by Jan. 10, but union staff must provide a 10-day notice before striking.