Hospitals and unions: 10 recent conflicts, agreements

Becker's Hospital Review reported the following hospital-union events — including protests, elections and contract agreements — after April 11.

1. One-hundred forty-four workers at the City of Hope's business office in Irwindale, Calif. voted to join Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West.

2. The National Union of Healthcare Workers released a cable TV commercial accusing Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente of delaying and denying mental healthcare.

3. Valencia, Calif.-based Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and the union representing its registered nurses reached a three-year contract to avert a strike.

4. Five former nurses are suing South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska, alleging that they were forced out of their positions based on age.

5. Indiana (Pa.) Regional Medical Center and the union representing 380 registered nurses and nurse anesthetists accused each other of unfair labor practices.

6. The union representing more than 24,000 employees at the University of California's 10 campuses, five medical centers, various clinics, research laboratories and UC Hastings College of the Law called for a boycott of school speaking engagements.

7. Kaiser Permanente Colorado began preliminary talks with its labor unions about workforce needs, after the layoff of 400 workers in the last six months.

8. Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Hospital signed a new contract with the union that represents its cafeteria workers.

9. Nurses at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho, voted April 11 to join the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union.

10. Nurses at Stanford (Calif.) Health Care and Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., voted for the option to strike.

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