Hospitals and unions: 11 recent conflicts, agreements

Becker's Hospital Review reported the following hospital-union events — including protests and legal issues — after Aug. 20.

1. Michigan Medicine nurses file federal lawsuit as potential strike looms
Nurses at Ann Arbor-based Michigan Medicine filed a federal lawsuit over First Amendment rights in the same week they are voting on a possible strike.

2. Nurses claim staffing crisis at 2 California hospitals
Unionized healthcare workers and nurses from Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna, Calif., and St. Joseph Hospital, Eureka (Calif.), protested over what they deem a staffing crisis at the facilities.

3. Ohio nurses, Steward Health Care reach tentative deal
Nurses at the soon-to-close Youngstown, Ohio-based Northside Regional Medical Center reached a tentative contract agreement with Dallas-based Steward Health Care.

4. Pennsylvania health network Miners Campus workers vote to leave union
Workers at Bethlehem, Pa.-based St. Luke's University Health Network's Miners Campus in Coaldale, Pa., decided against continuing union representation.

5. Northwell Health nurses rally in NYC over staffing, wages, paid leave
Nurses and nurse practitioners from New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Northwell Health rallied Sept. 5 as contract negotiations began.

6. 7K nurses at 15 HCA hospitals vote to authorize strike
Registered nurses at 15 hospitals affiliated with Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare authorized their nurse negotiators to call a strike if issues in contract negotiations are not resolved.

7. Kaiser Permanente workers protest planned job cuts; 13 union activists arrested
Unionized healthcare workers and their supporters protested against Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente on Labor Day over planned job cuts.

8. Michigan nurses union accuses Munson Medical Center of bargaining in bad faith
The Michigan Nurses Association filed an unfair labor practice complaint against Traverse City, Mich.-based Munson Medical Center.

9. Nurses pressure Vermont medical center amid budget process
University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington proposed a fiscal year 2019 budget to state regulators amid protesting by the union representing about 1,800 of its nurses.

10. Pennsylvania hospital workers picket, say Tower Health wants to slash their benefits
Workers at Pottstown (Pa.) Hospital picketed Aug. 22 against the hospital's new owner, West Reading, Pa.-based Tower Health.

11. Rhode Island nurses OK 5-year labor deal
The union representing 2,400 nurses and allied health professionals at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence approved a new five-year contract.



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