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Mercy nurses: Yes for union

Danielle Gillespie, News Review, January 12, 2006

As Mercy Medical Center nurses walked through the door of McMenamins in Roseburg late Wednesday night, many put up their arms in victory and had huge smiles on their faces.

About 40 nurses and their families and friends came out to celebrate after finding out they will be joining the Oregon Nurses Association, a labor union that represents 10,000 nurses in nearly 50 health care facilities, agencies and health departments in the state. ... Mercy

Nurses vote to join union

Brent Hunsberger, The Oregonian, January 12, 2006

Nurses at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg voted Wednesday to join the Oregon Nurses Association in what labor observers say is the second-largest election victory for a private union in Oregon this decade.

Nurses voted 178-97 to have the state's largest nursing union represent them, union organizer Jason Hatch said late Wednesday. Turnout was 90 percent, he said. At least 310 registered nurses at the hospital were eligible to vote.

Hatch said the vote signified a desire to improve working conditions and care. ... Nurses

Labor takes close look at nurses vote

The Oregonian, January 12, 2006

Nurses at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg voted Wednesday on whether to elect the Oregon Nurses Association to represent them.

Results were unavailable at press time. Polling was scheduled to end at 9 p.m.

Union and National Labor Relations Board officials said voting occurred earlier in the day without incident.

At least 300 registered nurses at the hospital were eligible to vote . NLRB and union officials declined to estimate voter turnout. ... Labor

Nurses will vote on union in Roseburg

Work force - An affirmative vote would make the nurses at Mercy Medical Center part of a growing labor movement.
Brent Hunsberger, The Oregonian, January 11, 2006

More than 300 nurses at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg will cast ballots today on whether to join the state's largest nursing union.

The vote has the potential to turn into a rare win for the labor movement in Oregon. If the majority opt to join the Oregon Nurses Association, it would mark the second-largest successful vote for a private union in Oregon this decade. ... Nurses

Union or not?

Mercy Medical Center nurses to vote Wednesday on joining state assocation.
Danielle Gillespie, News-Review, January 8, 2006

As a union election nears, Mercy Medical Center nurses are divided on whether the Oregon Nurses Association will help them provide better patient care.

The nurses say they prefer a workplace where they're not overloaded with patients and have plenty of time to spend with each one. They would like to recruit and retain more nurses so they're not overworked and tired during their shifts. Furthermore, they want to stay in the departments where they've received training and not be asked to work in other areas of the hospital outside of their specialties. ... Union

Mercy nurses resubmit petition to vote for union

Danielle Gillespie, News Review, December 5, 2005

A group of Mercy Medical Center nurses who want to join a union have encountered some setbacks.

The nurses had to resubmit a petition this week that requested they be granted an election to vote on joining the Oregon Nurses Association. They originally filed the petition at the beginning of November with the National Labor Relations Board, but there was a disagreement about whether 16 nurses who had signed it were actually supervisors, who can't be represented by the union.

In response, ONA pulled the first petition, collected new signatures with the exclusion of those 16 nurses and filed again. ... Mercy

Presentation of nurse staffing law planned

News Review, November 9, 2005

Roseburg - A representative of the Oregon Nurses Association will talk on Thursday about how modifications to an Oregon law will change how nurses are staffed at hospitals.

Susan King, the executive director of ONA, will speak from 8 to 10 AM, noon to 2 PM and 8 to 10 PM at the Roseburg Labor Temple, 742 S.E. Roberts Ave.

The point of the presentation is to make community members and health professionals aware of the law, which goes into effect in January. ... Presentation

Mercy Medical Center nurses plan vote on joining union

Danielle Gillespie, News Review, November 9, 2005

A group of nurses at Mercy Medical Center is looking into the possibility of joining a union because they think the hospital's working environment could be better.

Many of the nurses often feel their issues and concerns are ignored by the administration, said Skyler Meyer, a registered nurse in the emergency department.

"We believe we can provide better care if we have a voice," Meyer said. ... Mercy

Calling all nurses, except for Good Sam

Nurse says hospital policy on helping Gulf Coast conflicts with positive publicity campaign.
Jennifer Moody, Albany Democrat-Herald, October 8, 2005

The next time Samaritan Health Services wants to send help to a devastated region, Shelli Atchley says she wants more truth in advertising.

Atchley, a registered nurse for pediatrics and oncology units at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, signed up when the hospital began seeking volunteers to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina.

That was before she found out she could go only if she found her own replacement for the shifts she would miss. ... Calling

Good Sam nurses OK new contract

Bennett Hall, Gazette-Times, October 6, 2005

Union nurses at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center have reached a new two-year contract with Samaritan Health Services after four months of bargaining and mediation.

Union members ratified the contract proposal last Thursday, the Oregon Nurses Association announced this week. Negotiations began in May and went to mediation after progress stalled. The 370 nurses in the Good Sam bargaining unit had been working without a contract since July.

The new agreement runs through June 30, 2007. ... Good Sam

Oregon Patients Come First With Bill to Improve Nurse Staffing Laws

Oregon Nurses Association, August 1, 2005

With a vote of 55 to 0, the Oregon House of Representatives on July 15 passed a bill that will strengthen Oregon's original patient-protection laws by shielding nurses from excessive mandatory overtime and ensuring adequate nurse staffing. Proposed by the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA), HB 2800 is expected to be signed by Oregon's governor.

"HB 2800 protects patients from an increased risk of errors that can accompany long working hours," said Susan King, ONA executive director. "ONA made a compelling case about the relationship between adequate nurse staffing in hospitals and good patient outcomes." ... Oregon

Oregon House Approves Speaker's Bill To Protect Quality Nursing Care

Medford News, May 31, 2005

Salem -  The Oregon House today approved legislation sponsored by Speaker Karen Minnis (R-Wood Village) that would improve the quality of nursing care in Oregon hospitals. House Bill 2800 shields nurses from excessive mandatory overtime and ensures they have equal representation with hospital administrators on staffing committees.

"This is a well-crafted compromise that balances the needs of nurses, patients and hospitals," Speaker Minnis said. "This bill will protect Oregon patients from increased risk of errors that can accompany long working hours." ... Oregon

Hospitals have a deal for nurses

Workplace challenges make retention as vital as recruiting.
Nevill Eschen, Portland Tribune, May 31, 2005

Recruiting for nurses has become so hot that one Portland-area health care executive calls it “a little bit of an arms race.”

Legacy Health System Vice President Sonja Steves says offering signing bonuses and other aggressive nurse recruiting have become standard procedure in the health care market as a way to shore up strained staffs and try to control ballooning costs.

In the late 1990s, hospitals woke up to the fact that, on average, one in three nurses left within a couple of years of being hired. ... Hospitals

Albany nurses OK new contract

Sean Wolfe, Albany Democrat-Herald, March 1, 2005

After eight months of negotiations, nurses at Samaritan Albany General Hospital on Monday voted overwhelmingly to support a new two-year contract.

The contract calls for nurses' wages to increase by 8 percent over two years. The increase will come in four increments and is retroactive to July 1, 2004. The contract is in place until June 30, 2006.

Nurses voted last month to reject the hospital's "last, best and final" offer, which was a 7 percent wage increase retroactive to January 1, 2005. ... Albany

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