Providence Medford Medical Center nurses, joined by co-workers, family and friends, staged an informational picket along the sidewalks of East McAndrews Road and Crater Lake Avenue Tuesday morning. The Oregon Nurses Association has been in negotiations with Providence officials since November over what nurses say are deteriorating working conditions, including inconsistent schedules, pay not on par with Asante, insufficient staff and trouble with recruiting new hires. Nurses joined the picket on their off-time, the union has said.

Tomi Ryba, chief executive for Providence in Southern Oregon, sent a statement to media Tuesday saying a federal negotiator was brought into the negotiations in March. “We have had numerous conversations and were talking as recently as last night,” her statement read. “We care deeply about our caregivers and believe we will come to an agreement with the union that represents them.” The 287 nurses at Providence Medford have been without a contract since Dec. 31, 2017.