13 recent moves from nurse unions

Thirteen moves from nurse unions across the country Becker's has covered since mid-January: 

Registered nurses at Adventist Health Lodi (Calif.) Memorial have voted to join the California Nurses Association, an affiliate of National Nurses United, The Sacramento Bee reported March 9. The National Labor Relations Board must still certify the results. If certified, the results apply to more than 340 nurses at the hospital. 

Registered nurses at Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph Hospital in Wichita, Kan., have voted to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee, an affiliate of National Nurses United. The vote marks the second time in four months that nurses at an Ascension hospital in Wichita have decided in favor of unionization. 

Members of the Oregon Nurses Association have filed a class action lawsuit against Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health alleging wage theft and missed payments at its Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, Ore., and St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton, Ore., according to court documents shared with Becker's

On March 4, nurses at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., voted to ratify a new contract that includes a commitment from the hospital to hire 1,350 registered nurses by 2025. 

A total of 15,000 nurses and other healthcare workers at HCA Healthcare-owned hospitals in Florida and Nevada have started bargaining to negotiate new contracts, their union announced March 2. 

Members of the New York State Nurses Association reached a tentative agreement with South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y., averting a strike.

In February, members of the Michigan Nurses Association approved new contracts with McLaren Central Hospital in Mt. Pleasant and MyMichigan Medical Center Alma. Together, the deals cover about 250 nurses. 

Members of the Branch County Independent Nurses Association have approved a new contract with ProMedica Coldwater (Mich.) Regional Hospital, according to a Feb. 2 hospital statement shared with Becker's

Attorneys working with members of the Illinois Nurses Association have filed a class action lawsuit in federal court alleging wage theft by St. Louis-based Ascension.

Portland-based Maine Medical Center has restored paid leave benefits to members of the Maine State Nurses Association after both sides reached an agreement on the issue, the Portland Press Herald reported Feb. 17. Under the deal, paid leave benefits will be retroactive to December so nurses who previously used personal time off or went unpaid to cover their leaves will be paid back or get their personal time back. 

Members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association at Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital held an informational picket Feb. 1 to highlight their concerns related to patient care and working conditions at the facility.

Thousands of nurses represented by National Nurses United rallied nationwide Jan. 26, calling on hospitals to provide safe staffing. Actions were scheduled in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New York and Texas. 

Members of the New York State Nurses Association, who work at public healthcare facilities in New York City, rallied Jan. 18 for a new contract.

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