Nearly 1,000 Nurses ‘Go Union’ With SEIU At West Virginia’s Cabell Huntington Hospital - By A Majority Vote, RNs At Huntington’s Fourth-Largest Employer Say ‘Union Yes!’
(HUNTINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA) – Nearly 1,000 Registered Nurses (RNs) will now have the ability to negotiate with Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia for safe staffing and improved patient care after voting to organize their Union with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199 West Virginia (WV)/Kentucky (KY)/Ohio (OH).
With one of the biggest organizing victories since West Virginia became a Right-To-Work (for less) state, Nurses sent a resounding message to Working People across West Virginia that forming a Union is the best way to shift the balance of power away from corporations and toward Working People.
“This is a ‘great day’ for the Registered Nurses of Cabell Huntington Hospital, as well as a great day for our community,” said Joyce Gibson, the Regional Director with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “The Nurses in our community ‘know by uniting together, we can stand up for our patients, our families and our community.’”
The vote to Unionize for RNs at Cabell Huntington Hospital came just a little over a month after notifying their employer of the intent to organize in early October.
The Nurses decided to organize with the SEIU after hospital executives refused to address their concerns about short staffing and mandatory overtime, including in vital areas of the hospital such as the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
“My Co-Workers and I ‘know the best way to advocate for our patients and support our families is through our Union,’” said Stacey Bias, a Critical Care Float Nurse at Cabell Huntington Hospital. “We look forward to sitting down with hospital executives to negotiate a Union Contract ‘that allows us to better care of our families and the families of our community.’”
For more than 40 years, RNs have worked side-by-side with SEIU Members in every area of Cabell Huntington Hospital.
Now, with the addition of nearly 1,000 RNs, the Hospital’s Workers will have a stronger voice.
“By ‘coming together and organizing their’ Union, the ‘dedicated’ Nurses ‘who provide essential, compassionate health care are determined to hold hospital executives accountable to the community,’” Gibson said.
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