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Centerpoint nurses oust union

Kansas City Star, April 25, 2009 In a setback for local organized labor, Centerpoint Medical Center nurses in Independence removed their union as their bargaining representative. Centerpoint nurses decisively voted to oust Nurses United Local 5126, with 226 nurses choosing to remove the union and 78 voting to keep the bargaining unit. The National Labor Relations Board conducted the election Thursday and Friday. Fifty-two votes were challenged and not counted, and 24 employees chose not to vote. Both Centerpoint and Nurses United confirmed the vote counts. ... Centerpoint

Independence hospital’s action could make way for other nurses’ union

Randolph Heaster, Kansas City (MO) Star, February 16, 2009

Centerpoint Medical Center has settled some disputes with the Nurses United union, a move that could hasten the effort some nurses have taken to oust the bargaining unit.

Early this month, Centerpoint posted notices throughout the hospital that it will not prohibit employees from discussing union activities or distributing union literature at nurses’ stations. The Independence hospital also said it will not fail to bargain with Nurses United on weekend-duty issues involving some nurses.

About 370 Centerpoint nurses are represented by Nurses United Local 5126. They voted to join the bargaining group in November 2007.

Nurses vote in favor of union

Rhiannon Ross, Examiner, November 12, 2007 Nurses of Centerpoint
Medical Center in Independence celebrated a victory Friday at the Fox
and Hound Smokehouse & Tavern when they learned they gained union
recognition. The hospital's registered nurses voted 167 to 103 to
become a union-represented hospital. Sixty-six nurses did not vote.
Mary Nash, president of Nurses United Local 5126, said getting to this
point has been a challenge as nurses were faced with a lot of
opposition. ... Nurses

Union says hospital used access to influence nurses

Mary Jo Feldstein, Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, August 22, 2007 Nurses at
Saint John's Mercy Medical Center chose to end union representation
there earlier this month, ending union representation of nurses in the
Saint Louis area. Both sides agree on why most Saint John's nurses
voted with hospital leaders. They said it was the strength of the
hospital's message and its ability to communicate it. The hospital said
its communication efforts provided nurses with background to make an
informed choice. The union described those efforts as manipulation. ...

Saint John's nurses vote out union

Saint Louis Business Journal, August 13, 2007 Saint John's Mercy
Medical Center's registered nurses voted to decertify the union, United
Food and Commercial Workers Local 655, and become free (sic) of the
organization's representation, the hospital said Saturday. In June,
Denny DeNarvaez, chief executive of the 979-bed Creve Coeur hospital,
said local agents from the National Labor Relations Board would conduct
a secret-ballot election August 8-11 on the Saint John's campus. ... Saint

Saint John's nurses vote to drop union

Clear majority vote to end representation in decertification election.
Aisha Sultan, Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, August 12, 2007 Creve Coeur -
Nurses at Saint John's Mercy Medical Center have voted to
decertify their union, ending eight years of union representation. The
election ended at 8 PM Saturday after four days of voting, and provided
the 2,004 registered nurses with three options. The hospital said that
two nurses had voted to remain with the United
Food and Commercial Workers Local 655, which has represented them
through two strikes since 1999, when Saint John's nurses became the
first and only hospital staff to unionize in the area. ... Saint

SL Nurses Announce 'Scrubs for SiCKO' Campaign in Conjunction with Debut of Michael Moore's Film - June 29

California Nurses Association, June 27, 2007 Saint Louis - A group of Saint Louis nurses from the National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association is planning their "Scrubs for SiCKO" campaign event June 29, the opening night of Michael Moore's new movie "SiCKO." This national campaign is lining up nurses and doctors for opening-night showings of the movie in theaters across the US to talk to moviegoers about how to solve the healthcare crisis - and get the insurance companies, who are the source of a systemic denial of care, out of the way. The Saint Louis event will feature a press conference before the film, in addition to the nurse outreach after it. ... Saint

NLRB ruling may hurt nurses' effort to unionize

Mary Jo Feldstein & Philip Dine, Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, October 3, 2006 A National Labor Relations Board ruling released today could shrink the bargaining unit at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur when the nurses’ contract is renegotiated next fall. The decision says workers permanently assigned as shift supervisors should be considered supervisory staff and thus not covered by a federal law ensuring a right to union representation. The case focused on hospital and nursing home "charge nurses," but could have broader implications for employees in other industries. At St. John’s, the area’s only unionized hospital, relations between the hospital and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union historically have been tense. ... NLRB

Nurses' group responds to Purzner's claim

Norm Parish, Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, September 28, 2006 Overland - A state nursing association wants to crack down on people falsely posing as nurses. The group says it is acting in response to Overland Mayor Ann Purzner's improper claims that she is a nurse. The Missouri Nurses Association will probably ask the state Legislature early next year to pass a bill allowing penalties for someone who falsely claims to be a nurse even if the person is not practicing as a nurse, said Glen Jett, president of the association. The group represents about 1,700 registered nurses. ... Nurses

Nurses launch new union effort in Saint Louis

Mary Jo Feldstein, Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, March 8 2006

The nation's largest union of health care workers has formed a new national organization of nurses, advocating for better pay and higher staffing levels, which it says would improve patient care.

The Service Employees International Union announced Wednesday the creation of the Nurse Alliance along with a campaign called Value Care, Value Nurses. The alliance chose St. Louis as one of 12 cities to launch the effort. ... Nurses

Nurses face harassment from patients they are helping

Margaret Stafford, Associated Press, November 19, 2005

Kansas City - Nurses trying to provide the compassionate care expected of them sometimes confront patients who ask for more - like sex, or at least a little sexual stimulation.

While nursing advocates acknowledge that most of the sexual harassment nurses encounter comes from co-workers, doctors or other parties, they say such harassment from patients is common. ... Nurses

The demand for nurses evident in healthy raises

Julius A. Karash, Kansas City Star, November 15, 2005

If you’re looking for a pay raise, now is a good time to be a nurse.

Pay for most nursing positions showed steady growth over the past year, and that was especially true for nursing positions requiring specialized skill, according to the Integrated Health Networks Compensation Survey from Mercer Human Resource Consulting.

The survey includes responses from more than 1,150 hospitals, health systems and health plans around the country. ... The demand

Jury decides in favor of nurses

Damages of $116,000, $45,000 awarded to former St. John's employees.
Jeff Lehr, Joplin Globe, October 29, 2005

A Jasper County jury has awarded two former nurses at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin verdicts of $116,000 and $45,000 in their lawsuit against the hospital.

The nurses alleged they were forced to quit their jobs after raising concerns about patient safety.

The jury awarded damages of $116,000 to Ramona Brandon and $45,000 to Karen Stoner at the conclusion of a four-day trial in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin on Thursday. ... Jury

Striking nurses OK contract

Tavia Evans, Post-Dispatch, January 20 2005

Registered nurses at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur can decide each year whether to opt out of union membership, under a new contract approved Friday by a vote of 528 to 127.

The option had been a major sticking point during negotiations between the hospital and the nurses, who are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655. The nurses went on strike Dec. 15.

Some nurses said Friday that they will be on the job next week. The hospital said it plans to bring striking nurses back to work over the next few weeks.

The union held two balloting sessions at Queeny Park in Ballwin.

Nurses showed little emotion Friday night as union President Jim Dougherty announced the ballot results. He said he was "reluctant" and "pained" by the vote. But, he said, "this gives us the opportunity to continue to fight and represent nurses at St. John's."

St. John's nurses walk out

Judith Vandewater, Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, December 15, 2004

Registered nurses took up picket signs in the predawn chill Wednesday, launching their second strike in just over three years against St. John's Mercy Medical Center.

Nurses walked out of the lobby alone or in small groups as they finished delivering written and oral briefings on patient status. Strikers and hospital managers said the transition went smoothly when the strike commenced at 5 AM.

Both the hospital and the union declared the day a success. Ed Finkelstein, a spokesman for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655, said about 300 people were on hand to picket at the outset. The union will maintain pickets around the clock.

Hospital administrators said a full schedule of surgeries and procedures were on tap for the day, which started with between 700 and 800 patients in-house and 94 scheduled surgeries. Bill McShane, hospital spokesman, reported everything went off without a hitch.

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