In a landmark unionizing vote, nurses in a Texas hospital narrowly elected to join the California Nurses Associations national organizing arm, the National Nurses Organizing Committee. With the vote, registered nurses at Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital in Houston have become the only organized healthcare workers in Texas, according to a Texas Hospital Association spokeswoman.
The 119-to-111 vote at Cypress Fairbanks was the first under a national neutrality agreement reached between Dallas-based Tenet and the nurses union, an organizer said. Terms of the pact prevent Tenet from campaigning against the union, said David Monkawa, who oversees the CNAs Tenet organizing. In addition, the union and employer agreed not to disparage each other, and all union campaign material must be factual, he said.
Nearly 300 RNs at 160-bed Cypress Fairbanks will be represented by the NNOC Texas, according to the union. Tenet owns 57 hospitals, including three held for sale, in 12 states. -- by Melanie Evans