The National Labor Relations Board dismissed election results to unionize nurses at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, ruling that the California Nurses Association had engaged in "objectionable conduct" to influence a December 2002 vote that ended 695-627 in favor of unionization. The NLRB ordered another vote by secret ballot. According to the July 28 NLRB decision, representatives of the California nurses union made threatening phone calls to antiunion advocates in the months before the vote. Cedars-Sinai senior vice president of human resources, Jeanne Flores, said in a news release, "We are committed to ensuring that our RNs have a voice in a free and fair election, and that is why we are gratified by the NLRB's ruling."
California Nurses Association spokesman Chuck Idelson called the charges "trumped-up" and said the NLRB ruling was a "politically motivated decision by a labor board ... that's dominated by right-wing conservatives who believe that workers don't have rights." In the past three years, the CNA has organized 12,300 registered nurses at 38 hospitals in California. -- by Susanna Moon