Hospitals and unions: 5 recent conflicts, agreements


The following is a roundup of recent events pertaining to hospital-union relationships, including strikes, legal battles, rallies and contract agreements. All events were reported since March 8.

1. Employees at MultiCare urgent care clinics make efforts toward unionization
Workers at urgent care facilities owned by Tacoma, Wash.-based MultiCare Health System seek to join the Union of American Physicians and Dentists.

2. 2 Nevada hospitals cut ties with SEIU
Valley Hospital Medical Center and Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center, both in Las Vegas, cut ties with Service Employees International Union Local 1107.

3. Baystate Franklin RNs give go-ahead for potential walkout
Registered nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Mass., authorized a potential walkout amid contract negotiations.

4. Benefis Health System nurses file for union election: 4 things to know
Nurses at Great Falls, Mont.-based Benefis Health System filed a petition for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board.

5. Striking DCMH workers set new negotiation date
A union representing nurses and technicians at Drexel Hill, Pa.-based Delaware County Memorial Hospital and hospital owner Los Angeles-based Prospect Medical Holdings were set to resume negotiations March 14.

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