Tiffany Eckert

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Tiffany Eckert has been a reporter at KLCC since 2008.

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Health
6:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

PeaceHealth Executive Discusses Nurses' Staffing Concerns

Credit PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend

Nurses at PeaceHealth Medical Center RiverBend and University District continue to seek public support through an online petition. Understaffing is at the core of their campaign. For years, the hospital has been cited in hundreds of staffing request forms filled out by floor nurses when patient care is affected because units are short-staffed.

Hospital management insists the problem is being resolved. I spoke with PeaceHealth’s new Chief Administrative Officer, Rand O’Leary, about nurses’ workplace concerns and how the hospital is addressing them.

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UO Graduate Teaching Fellows
5:46 am
Tue December 2, 2014

UO Grad Students Go on Strike Today

The GTFF unveiled a banner at their rally at Johnson Hall Tuesday.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

15-hundred Graduate Teaching Fellows at the University of Oregon are set to go on strike Tuesday.  This is the first labor strike in the 38-year-old union's history. About 200 GTFs and their supporters rallied Monday evening  in front of Johnson Hall, the Administration Building on campus.

Chanting: "GTFF, GTFF, GTFF,…. "

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Health
4:25 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

PeaceHealth Nurses Call Staffing Policies Inadequate And Dangerous

Nurses and other caregivers say Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend has inadequate staffing policies.
Credit PeaceHealth RiverBend

Nurses and doctors PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center have a problem with inadequate staffing. They say "staff to patient ratios" are insufficient and lead to more errors, infections and injuries. Now they've started an online petition to get the community involved.

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Military & Veterans
3:33 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Veteran Gets New Home For The Holidays

Standing on their new front porch, Logan and Rebecca Murrill (far right) joined by donors Joe and Cathleen Karcher, Eugene City Manager, John Ruiz and Saint Vinney's Terry McDonald (far left.)
Credit Tiffany Eckert

A soldier, his wife and five kids will experience the holiday season in a new home-- thanks to a veterans housing program in Lane County. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert visited the family and has this report.

Recently, military veteran Logan Murrill and his wife Rebecca were renting a house in Oakridge. But it was being sold and they had to move. Logan called Lane County Veteran’s Services.

Logan Murrill: ”We weren’t expecting a house or anything. We were just wondering if there were some volunteers who could help us pack.”

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Social Justice
3:24 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Eugene Store Violates Disabled Customer's Civil Rights, Must Pay

Credit oregonlive.com

A Eugene convenience store violated the civil rights of a disabled customer when it refused to allow a woman entrance with her service animal. That is today's (Monday) ruling from BOLI--The Bureau of Labor and Industries.  

BOLI has found that Duck Stop Market, a small shop on Franklin Boulevard in Eugene, was in violation of the law for repeatedly denying entry to a customer with a service animal.

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November 2014 Election
9:25 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

DeFazio Wins 15th Term As Oregon's 4th District Congressman

Congressman Peter DeFazio at a Democratic Party Election watch party Tuesday night in Eugene. He won a 15th term in the U.S. House, defeating Republican challenger Art Robinson for a 3rd time.
Credit Tiffany Eckert / KLCC

Oregon Democrat Peter DeFazio has won a 15th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He arrived at a Democratic watch party at Cozmic Pizza in downtown Eugene Tuesday night to a throng of supporters.

Representative DeFazio reflected on the mid-term election and his opponent, Art Robinson.

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Social Justice
6:17 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Striking Hospital Workers Still Hope For Fair Contract

Workers strike in the rain outside McKenzie Willamette Medical Center.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Hundreds of health care workers with McKenzie Willamette Medical Center are still on the picket line in Springfield. The 3-day strike ends at 6:30 Friday morning. The hospital has employed temporary replacements in positions including surgical nursing assistants and paramedics.

With a steady stream of picketers on the sidewalk since Tuesday morning, the hospital has had no comment beyond press releases. Wednesday, McKenzie Willamette administration wrote a 'clarification,' saying information about contract bargaining has been inaccurate.

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Social Justice
5:33 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Springfield Hospital Workers Go On Strike

Hospital workers picket in front of McKenzie Willamette Medical Center on the first day of the strike.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Hundreds of hospital workers took to the picket line Tuesday protesting unfair labor practices by one of the largest for-profit health care companies in the country. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports from the sidewalk in front of McKenzie Willamette Medical Center in Springfield.

Radiologists, respiratory therapists and housekeepers are among the hospital workers here holding up signs and chanting. They are members of the Service Employees International Union Local 49 and they are striking after contract labor negotiations with the hospital broke down.

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November 2014 Election
2:40 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Linn Benton Votes On Bond For Community College

Credit Linn-Benton Community College

Voters in Linn and Benton counties are being asked to decide if their property tax dollars should fund capital projects for the community college.

Linn-Benton Community College serves about 22,000 students at the main campus in Albany and centers in Corvallis, Lebanon and Sweet Home. The school wants to issue a general obligation bond which would cost taxpayers $0.18 per $1,000 of assessed property value. For an average priced home, that's about $36.00 a year.

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Politics & Government
6:04 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Sisters To Vote On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Credit Mjpresson Wikimedia

A ballot measure in Sisters asks voters to decide if medical marijuana dispensaries should be allowed to operate within city limits.

Earlier in the year, the Sisters City Council adopted a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries. Sisters wasn't ready to welcome licensed medical pot shops. Now, the 1,200 or so registered voters in the small tourist town will decide on Measure 9-101. It would amend the municipal code and allow dispensaries.

McKibben Womack is president of the Sisters City Council. He hears the pros and cons of medical marijuana from constituents.

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