MAINE, United states of america — The votes are in. Nurses at Maine Healthcare Center (MMC) have voted to unionize, according to Maine State Nurses Association/Nationwide Nurses United.
The RNs voted 1,001 to 750 in a mail ballot election counted by the Nationwide Labor Relations Board, to form their initial-at any time union.
“It’s a new working day for nurses and people across Maine,” claimed MSNA President Cokie Giles, RN. “I am thrilled for my colleagues at Maine Med, for their take care of to acquire a collective voice for their clients and their community. And I look ahead to performing with you for the long run of high-excellent affected person treatment for all Maine people.”
“This is an enjoyable opportunity to get the job done on the subsequent methods of increasing the union–including much more persons,” Maine Health-related Center RN Michelle Burke mentioned.
The RNs cited escalating problems about insufficient staffing, necessary scheduling that requires nurses to rotate involving doing work days and nights that they say qualified prospects to burnout and exhaustion, deficiency of food and break aid, assignments to do the job in units for which they do not have medical practical experience and suitable orientation, and other office issues and criteria.
Noting how the nurses missing a different attempt to kind a union two a long time ago, Float Pool RN Julia Koger reported that because then “we’ve fallen driving on staffing, doing work conditions, and other benefits. This has only contributed to worsening retention. In the meantime, nurses at union hospitals have been in a position to secure what they have and cut price for enhancements. Nurses and patients at Maine Med should have almost nothing a lot less than that very same appropriate to cut price collectively.”
Some of Maine’s best Democratic leaders have outspokenly supported the exertion. They sent a letter to Maine Med, creating some hospital consultants wrongfully tried using to prevent nurses from voting in favor of unionizing.
Maine Med officials say that was not the scenario, and have opposed the union. In a statement, MMC president Jeff Sanders stated:
“We experienced hoped for a different final result as we consider that the most effective way for Maine Health-related Heart to keep on being the region’s premier provider of clinical care is to perform straight with our care workforce customers,” said Jeff Sanders, MMC president. “We will go on to place the treatment of our patients and welfare of our treatment crew at the forefront of our determination making together with placing our main values of respect, integrity, excellence, possession, innovation and getting patient-centered into motion.”
“MMC remains fully commited to delivering the best excellent care and finest doable work atmosphere that fosters the wellness and wellbeing of all care team users,” Sanders claimed.
Gov. Janet Mills issued the next assertion congratulating nurses at Maine Health care Centre on their vote to unionize:
“Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, our committed wellbeing treatment industry experts have labored all around the clock to conserve lives. They serve our point out with acts of heroism every day and, like all working men and women, are entitled to the right and ability to advocate to boost their lives and livelihoods.
“I congratulate the nurses at Maine Health-related Middle on their decisive vote to unionize and be expecting the administration of Maine Clinical Centre to regard that decision so both sides can start a productive deal negotiation.”
President of the Maine Senate Troy Jackson reacted to the information by releasing the pursuing statement:
“Congratulations to the hardworking nurses at Maine Health-related Middle for securing the ideal to band together, variety a union and discuss as 1 collective voice. Following a rough 12 months responding to a world wide pandemic, MMC nurses ought to have to have their voices heard and respected by management when it will come to delivering initially-level care to Maine patients.
“There’s no concern that this union travel wasn’t quick. The deck was clearly stacked from the personnel with the clinic launching a person of the most aggressive anti-union strategies Maine has seen in rather some time. Still, the nurses by no means wavered. From day one, the MMC nurses ended up dedicated to preventing for a seat at the desk where they could advocate for fair wages and good functioning problems when pushing back versus shortsighted insurance policies that direct to turnover and burnout.
“Throughout the union travel, medical center administration has reported time and time all over again that it would regard the will of its staff and the results of the ‘open and fair election.’ Now that the votes have been counted and it’s apparent in which nurses stand, I expect Maine Healthcare Center to stand by their possess words and phrases so both of those events can get to perform negotiating a good and clear deal.”
Each the hospital and the union reported there is no date set yet for agreement negotiations.
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