Nurses at Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago, have voted against joining a
California union seeking to expand its membership across the U.S. Roughly
64% of the 456 nurses who voted rejected representation by the National
Nurses Organizing Committee, or NNOC, the national organizing arm of the
California Nurses Association. About 90% of eligible nurses voted,
according to the union.
We are in hopes that the union will accept the results without costly
objections or challenges, said Dianne Hunter, a spokeswoman for the 312-bed
hospital, in a written statement.
Fernando Losada, NNOCs Illinois collective-bargaining director, said the
union has not decided whether to challenge the results. We are
considering our options, he said. The Oakland, Calif.-based CNA won its
first election outside California in May 2005 when Cook County, Ill.,
nurses voted to join the union. Losada said the NNOC represents roughly
2,000 Illinois nurses. -- by Melanie