Nurses at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center to Conduct Second Unionization Vote
Nurses at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 will vote on a proposal to join the California Nurses Association, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reports. A vote on the issue in February 2000 fell short by 10 votes out of approximately 1,000 cast. "Months of controversy" followed that vote; representatives for the union challenged the results of the election, saying that hospital officials "intimidated the nurses and threatened them with losing their jobs" if they voted to join the union. The National Labor Relations Board filed an independent complaint supporting CNA's claims. The hospital has agreed to post notices in the hospital "telling employees they will not face threats for participating in the upcoming election" (Gewirtz, Long Beach Press-Telegram, 10/23).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.