Hospitals and unions: 11 recent conflicts, agreements

Becker's Hospital Review has reported the following hospital-union events — including protests, contract agreements and unionization votes — since Nov. 21. 

1. NYU Langone, healthcare workers reach contract agreement
New York City-based NYU Langone Health reached a new contract agreement with healthcare workers.

2. New Jersey nurses reach labor deal with future Salem hospital owner
Registered nurses at Salem, N.J.-based Memorial Hospital of Salem County reached a contract agreement with the hospital's next owner, Salem County Hospital Corp.

3. Kaiser accused of refusing to negotiate labor deal covering 85,000 workers
The National Labor Relations Board has agreed to hold evidentiary hearings regarding a complaint filed by a coalition of labor unions against Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente. The complaint alleges that Kaiser violated federal law by refusing to negotiate a new contract that covers 85,000 employees in eight states and the District of Columbia.

4. Massachusetts workers at Steward Health Care hospital OK union
Healthcare workers at St. Anne's Hospital in Fall River, Mass., voted to unionize Dec. 13.

5. New York nurses unionize after state orders investigation of alleged threats at hospital
Nurses at Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.-based NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital voted for unionization after Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for a state investigation into alleged union-busting.

6. Pennsylvania hospital nurse strike looms
Registered nurses from Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) General Hospital authorized their union bargaining committee to call a strike if necessary.

7. 4,000 Kaiser mental health clinic workers launch 5-day strike in California
Four thousand California mental health clinicians began a five-day strike Dec. 10 to protest what they call understaffing issues that lead to long wait times for therapy appointments.

8. Massachusetts hospital alleges voter fraud in November union vote
St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, Mass., filed objections with the National Labor Relations Board alleging voter fraud in a Nov. 29 unionization election.

9. Tower Health hospital reaches deal with Pennsylvania workers
Pottstown (Pa.) Hospital reached a contract agreement with workers after six months at the bargaining table.

10. Los Angeles County, nurses reach tentative deal, avert strike
Los Angeles County registered nurses and county management reached an agreement shortly before a four-day strike was set to begin.

11. 300 nurses walk off job at Pennsylvania hospital
More than 300 Indiana (Pa.) Regional Medical Center nurses went on strike Nov. 26.

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