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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Union wins nurse vote

Posted By on Sun, Apr 22, 2007 at 1:12 PM

Roby Brock's Talk Business has the scoop on the results of the vote among St. Vincent Infirmary registered nurses on continued union representation. The union won, by a margin that would be called a landslide in the political arena, about 60 percent for representation.

News release on the jump.



St. Vincent Health System announced that the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) would continue to represent registered nurses at St. Vincent . A majority of registered nurses voted for continued union representation during elections held April 19, 20 and 21.

558 ballots were counted in the election representing 67 percent of the 829 nurses eligible to vote at St. Vincent . A total of 334 nurses voted for representation by the union, while 224 voted against union representation, according to a St. Vincent news release.

“This election gave nurses the opportunity they were seeking to be heard on issues of representation. We are pleased that there was such a turnout to vote and the nurses’ voices have been heard,” said Peter Banko, President and CEO of St. Vincent Health System.

“We remain firmly committed to working collaboratively with OPEIU representatives to ensure that the best interests of our patients, community, physicians, and entire staff are reflected in the work ahead,” Banko added.

Nurses voted to create the union chapter in 2000, but a petition was filed in 2002 calling for another vote.  This weekend's election was the result of that petition.

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