Nurses Association Wins Vote at St. Mary, Long Beach
Election Win This Year for State’s Largest Nurses Union
following notice was posted on the Internet June 1, 2001, by Charles Idelson, a
public information officer of the California Nurses Association (CNA).]
Registered nurses (RNs) at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach voted Thursday night (May 31) for representation by the California Nurses Association, the state’s largest organization of nurses.
Long Beach election marked the ninth time this year that nurses in the state’s
biggest hospital chain, Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), have chosen to affiliate
with CNA, by an aggregate 68% vote. St. Mary, with over 380 RNs, is one of the
largest hospitals in the CHW system — and one of the largest hospitals in Los
Angeles. CNA will now represent 7,500 RNs in 23 CHW hospitals, and more than
37,000 nurses overall.
am very proud of my fellow RNs for standing up for their patients and their
profession by choosing the California Nurses Association,” said Denise DeCock,
a Labor and Delivery RN at St. Mary. “We
all look forward to joining 7,500 other CHW nurses to win a good contract so
that we may better serve our patients.”
President Kay McVay, RN, said the Long Beach election, following the votes by
other Los Angeles-area RNs this spring, “clearly stamps CNA as the voice of
nurses in Southern California. This will have a dramatic impact as nurses in CHW
hospitals and throughout the region and state work to improve conditions for
their patients and themselves.”
The final tally at St. Mary, in a secret ballot election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board, was 145 votes, 50%, for CNA; 102 votes, 35%, for no union; and 38 votes, 13%, for the Service Employees International Union, with 6 challenged votes.
the challenges must still be resolved by the NLRB, “we are extremely confident
that CNA will be certified by the Board as the representative for St. Mary RNs,”
said David Johnson, CNA’s Southern California director.
“We will move quickly to work with the St. Mary RNs to begin talks with the administration on their first contract,” Johnson noted. The RNs will elect representatives to negotiate an agreement, working in close coordination with RNs at five other Los Angeles-area CHW hospitals where the RNs voted to join CNA in March and April, he said.
added that the St. Mary vote will also provide a significant boost to nurses at
nearby Long Beach Memorial Hospital who are also seeking representation by CNA.
CHW hospitals where the RNs have voted for CNA this year are: San Gabriel Valley
Medical Center, Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, and California
Hospital Medical Center, all in Los Angeles County, and Community Hospital and
St. Bernardine Medical Center, both in San Bernardino; also, Marian Medical
Center in Santa Maria, and St. Dominic’s in Manteca near Stockton.