USC hospital workers vote this month on whether to keep union

Healthcare workers at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, Calif., will vote this month on whether they want to stay unionized, according to a Glendale News-Press report.

The workers, which include patient services representatives, obstetrics technicians, phlebotomists and others, are represented by the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West. They are scheduled to vote on the issue Jan. 30 and Jan. 31.

The election comes as surgical buyer Andrew Brown has been fighting to dissolve the union. He filed an initial petition for an election in October, but it was rejected by the National Labor Relations Board because he missed the filing deadline, according to the report. He filed a second petition this month.

Mr. Brown said that the union has not kept promises related to pay and healthcare.

But union spokesman Sean Wherley told the News-Press, "Members of the union are talking to one another, reminding each other of the benefits of having a unified voice in the workplace," and a union's positive effect on patient safety and raises.   

Mr. Wherley told the News-Press the union requested that the hospital provide potential meeting dates for additional negotiations but has not gotten a response.

Hospital representatives did not respond to the publication's requests for comment.


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