More Good Organizing News: 850 Nurses ‘Go Union’ At Philadelphia’s Hahnemann Hospital – Says One Nurse: “We Were ‘Tired’ Of Having Management’s Decisions ‘Limit Our Ability’ To Give The ‘Best Care.’”
(PHILADELPHIA) - For the second time in the past week, hundreds of Nurses at a Philadelphia-area hospital have voted to Unionize - this time it was 850 Nurses at Hahnemann University Hospital have voted to join the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP.)
In seeking to join a Union, the Nurses complained of poor working conditions, subpar equipment, ineffective scheduling and inadequate staffing - now they’ll work with management on a contract. “We wanted to ‘get back to the foundations’ of Nursing,” said Mike Winn, a Registered Nurse in the hospital’s emergency department. “It ‘should be about’ patients, ‘not profits or shareholders.’ We were ‘tired’ of having management’s decisions ‘limit our ability’ to give the ‘best care.’”
The vote comes just days after 330 Registered Nurses at Delaware County Memorial Hospital (DCHM) voted to join PASNAP. The Hahnemann vote was 516-to-117, an 82% majority, which was much higher than the DCHM vote, which saw just a 55% majority.
“What’s happening right now is ‘remarkable and inspiring,’” PASNAP Executive Director Bill Cruice said. “Now – ‘more than ever,’ Nurses and Health Professionals are ‘seeing what’s happening’ in their industry and they’re ‘recognizing’ that they ‘need a strong, unified voice.’ This ‘new wave’ of organizing has been about Nurses ‘standing up against’ an approach to health care that ‘prioritizes profits over patients.’ That was ‘true’ at DCMH and it’s ‘true’ at Hahnemann and St. Christopher’s.”
Kristelle Brotman, a Registered Nurse who works in labor and delivery, said management tried hard to stop the Union’s formation: “Managers spent the ‘entire time before the vote telling us the reasons why we shouldn’t have a Union.’ They ‘never took the time’ to ‘actually address our issues or how to fix them.’”
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