Nurses at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, have voted 695-627 to join the California Nurses Association. After the vote is certified by the National Labor Relations Board, the nurses will elect a negotiating team to work on a contract with the 844-bed not-for-profit hospital. In a written statement, the medical center said, "While we continue to firmly believe that the interests of our nurses are best served without the intervention of an outside third party, we will respect the vote of our nurses if the election results are certified." California has been a hotbed of nurse unionization activity. Last week nurses at 743-bed Long Beach (Calif.) Memorial Medical Center ratified their first union contract, which included a 21% wage increase over three years. -- Patrick Reilly
Cedars-Sinai nurses approve unionization
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