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Unions show strength in winning representation elections involving healthcare industry workers

04.27.08

May 2008, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Unions show strength in winning representation elections involving healthcare industry workers

By PAUL TUCKER
theunionnewsabe@aol.com

REGION, March 18th- The number of representation petitions filed and elections held across all industries declined in 2007, according to data from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
However, unions were successful in organizing healthcare industry workers the data shows.

Unions won 72 precent of representation elections conducted by the NLRB in healthcare in 2007, versus a union win rate of 62 percent in non-healthcare industries.

The data shows the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) had a 79 percent win percentage, the California Nurses Association (CNA) had a 80 percent win percentage and various state nurses associations had a 83 percent win percentage in 2007.

The states with the highest number of representation petitions filed in healthcare in 2007 include California, Illinious, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Washington. Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Oregon and Puerto Rico were the states and territories with the largest percentage increase in representation election petition filings.

Meanwhile, on March 29th, RN’s at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital in northwest Houston Texas, voted 119 to 111 to affiliate with the California Nurses Association in a representation election conducted by the NLRB. The union became the first in Texas to win union collective bargaining rights.

The union won the right to bargain for nearly 300 RN’s at the hospital.

The CNA has grown by more than 375 percent during the past ten years. The union has gained more than 30,000 new members since 2001 and has 80,000 members in all fifty states.

In Pennsylvania unions were successful in organizing workers employed within the healthcare industry. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) won the right to represent nurses employed at the Pocono Medical Center in Mornoe County and the CNA was voted in as the bargaining representative for RN’s employed at CMC Hospital in Scranton.

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