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Doctors Hospital Of Manteca RNs Vote By 94% To ‘Go Union’ With The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United - ‘Safe Staffing & A Greater Voice In Patient Care Were Key’ Concerns

Published Monday, October 18, 2021
by California Nurses Association/National Nurses United
Doctors Hospital Of Manteca RNs Vote By 94% To ‘Go Union’ With The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United - ‘Safe Staffing & A Greater Voice In Patient Care Were Key’ Concerns

(MANTECA, CALIFORNIA) - Registered Nurses (RNs) at Doctors Hospital of Manteca (DHM) are the newest Members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) after voting by a 94% margin for Union Representation.

When the ballots were counted, a total of 121 RNs voted to join CNA, with just eight votes for no Union.

The mail-in ballot election was conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

CNA will now represent 200 RNs at Doctors Hospital of Manteca, which is part of the Tenet Healthcare System, one of the largest for-profit hospital chains in the United States.

Overall, NNU represents 5,500 Tenet RNs at 14 Tenet Hospitals in California, Arizona and Texas.

Nurses were motivated to form a Union due to the loss of many colleagues to neighboring Union-represented hospitals because of eroding patient care conditions, especially as conditions worsened during the latest COVID-19 surge and the opportunity for better economic standards.

“It’s a new day for Doctors’ Nurses, patients and our entire community,” Doctors Hospital RN Kamal Kaur said. “We’re thrilled to join with our Tenet RN Sisters, Brothers and colleagues at other facilities who have achieved important gains and continue to work to set new standards for all Tenet RNs."

“We’re so proud of our RN colleagues at Doctors Hospital,” CNA President Cathy Kennedy, an RN herself, said. “In joining together with the (100,000) other CNA Members across California, you’ve taken a bold and dramatic step to strengthen protections for your patients, your families, your Co-Workers, and all Californians.”  

DHM Nurses wanted the voice, protections and standards their Tenet colleagues at other CNA- and NNU-represented facilities have won through their Union.

“The Nurses at Doctors are excited to join CNA so we can all work together towards our common goal of improving patient care, addressing nursing needs, and ensuring a strong future for our hospital through a Union Contract,” Doctors’ RN Mike Agardy said.

“As Nurses we know what’s right for our patients,” RN Katrina Radu said. “For too long we’ve gone without a proper voice in patient care standards.  We have been short staffed, unable to retain Nurses, and struggling while Tenet puts profits before us and our patients over and over again.  We can change that through our Union, putting ourselves at the bargaining table with management as equals.”

The next step for Doctors' RNs will be to survey their colleagues for key issues to discuss in negotiations with hospital management and elect a Nurse Negotiating Team.

NNU, of which CNA is the largest affiliate, represents more than 175,000 RNs from California to Maine.

To Directly Access This Organizing Labor News Story, Go To: www.nationalnursesunited.org/press/doctors-hospital-manteca-rns-vote-94-percent-to-join-cna

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