Hospitals and unions: 8 recent conflicts, agreements

Becker's Hospital Review reported the following hospital-union events after April 26.

1. Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente agreed to keep its Northern California landscaping operations in-house.

2. Unionized hospital workers at Toledo, Ohio-based Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center walked off the job May 6.

3. University of California service and patient care technical workers plan to strike May 16 to protest job outsourcing by the school.

4. A federal labor board ruled that Commerce Township, Mich.-based Huron Valley-Sinai Hospitalviolated U.S. labor law by preventing emergency room nurses from combining their lunch and other rest breaks.

5. More than 10,000 New York City nurses at three health systems ratified a four-year agreement.

6. Stanford (Calif.) Health Care and Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., reached agreements with their registered nurses, averting a strike.

7. Astria Regional Medical Center in Yakima, Wash., and Astria Toppenish (Wash.) Hospital, reached new contracts with two unions representing hundreds of employees.

8. One hundred nurses at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., part of Southfield, Mich.-based Beaumont Health, began efforts to unionize.

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