The National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association (NNOC/CNA) announced that the registered nurses (RNs) at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital in Houston voted in favor of representation. The election, which was conducted by the National Labor Relations Board in March 2008, resulted in a 119 to 111 vote in favor of unionization. As a result, approximately 300 nurses are in the bargaining unit.
This was the first election held under a “peace accord” between the union and Tenet Healthcare, the owner of the hospital. When the accord was reached in August 2007, NNOC/CNA said it would provide a process for RNs to organize at agreed-upon Tenet hospitals outside California.
Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of NNOC/CNA, stated that the win “changes the face of health care in Texas, and will send shock waves across the country, especially in states where no or only a few RNs are represented.”
Final note: Employers should expect more union representation drives as the presidential election cycle moves into high gear. Economic well-being looks to be one of the most important issues for voters, and unions are taking advantage of the current climate to push for membership.
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