Registered nurses at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center in Reno Thursday night voted by over 64 percent to join the nation's fastest growing union, the California Nurses Association National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC).
The final count was 252 to 141 in the secret ballot election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board.CNA/NNOC will represent 500 RNs at the hospital.
Nevada becomes the fourth state, joining California, Illinois, and Maine, where CNA/NNOC represents RNs in collective bargaining. Overall, CNA/NNOC has more than 75,000 members in all 50 states.
To achieve the victory, the nurses also had to overcome active interference by the Service Employees Intl. Union (SEIU) which intervened in the election with virtually no support, tried to delay the election with bogus charges,and then encouraged RNs to vote against representation. Finally SEIU pulled its name off the ballot.
Strengthening their ability to act as patient advocates, improved patient care protection standards, compensation,and benefits that help recruit and retain skilled RNs were key factors for the Saint Mary' s RNs in voting for CNA?NNOC.