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Nurses at upstate NY hospital join union

December 5, 2013
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Nurses at an upstate New York hospital have voted to unionize.

The New York State Nurses Association reports the vote was 92-18 by registered nurses at Bellevue Women's Center in the Schenectady suburb of Niskayuna.

Christine Walthers, an RN, says they decided to join after management changes in patient care were made without consulting the nurses. She says the union gives them a voice.

Issues include changing assignments for nurses with specialized training who normally care for adults or newborns.

Matthew Van Pelt, spokesman for Ellis Medicine, says hospital leaders are disappointed by the vote but will negotiate with the union over the next several months to create a contract.

The New York State Nurses Association already represents nurses at Ellis' two nearby Schenectady campuses. The union says it now represents 37,000 nurses at 77 hospitals and 95 other health care facilities statewide.



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