Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, is challenging a close vote made by its nurses to join a union as nurses begin looking to negotiate a contract with the 844-bed not-for-profit hospital. The medical center filed objections with the National Labor Relations Board accusing the nurses union of intimidation.
Nurses voted last week 695-627 to join the California Nurses Association. Nurses are waiting for certification by the NLRB before electing a negotiating team to work on a new contract. The medical center's challenge could delay the certification process.
A Cedars-Sinai spokeswoman confirmed the filing of the challenge. Jeanne Flores, the hospital's senior vice president for human resources, was unavailable for comment but told the Los Angeles Times last week that "we have a right and a duty to our nurses to raise the issue and let the NLRB decide."
Officials with the California Nurses Association said the allegations were baseless. -- Patrick Reilly