Veterans Affairs Health Care Professionals In Texas 'Vote Overwhelmingly' To ‘Go Union’ With The International Association Of Machinists
(LONGVIEW, TEXAS) - Fifty Health Care Professionals from Overton Brooks Department of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center Outpatient Clinic in Longview, Texas have voted – overwhelmingly, to join the International Association of Machinists (IAM).
The group of Health Care Professionals, who cover more than 10 counties in East Texas, includes Doctors, Registered Nurses, Pharmacists, Audiologists, Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Social Workers.
The successful campaign was the third and final piece of an organizing project for Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCS).
The CBOCS project, which began last year for more than 150 Health Care Professionals, also successfully organized groups in Texarkana, Texas and Monroe, Louisiana.
The three CBOCS service more than 462,000 Veterans annually.
“I am appreciative we were able to guide and educate this group of Health Care Professionals to their goal of Unionizing,” IAM Grand Lodge Representative Juan Eldridge, the lead Organizer on the campaign, said.
“They were ready to gain our representation, grievance procedure and supplemental benefits as well as the protections from working under our master contract agreement that we already have in place with the Shreveport, Louisiana Medical Center,” he said.
“I want to welcome our newest Health Care Members into the IAM and thank them for their unrelenting support throughout the process,” said IAM Organizing Director Vinny Addeo.
“The CBOCS Organizing Project was for three locations and took time and resources, but our department never wavered in its conviction to help these Workers form a Union with the Machinists,” he said.
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