Hundreds of nurses at St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s hospital in Tucson voted to unionize and join the largest registered nurses’ union in the country–the National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC).
The votes were cast via secret ballot and officials from Carondelet Health Network, owner of the hospitals, told the Arizona Daily Star they would respect the nurses’ decision and will work with them to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. According to the union, the NNOC will be representing approximately 550 St. Joseph’s nurses and 450 St. Mary’s nurses.
In a press release, Bonnie Castillo, RN, executive director of National Nurses United, said:
On behalf of our members nationwide, I welcome you and want you to know that we are thrilled to have you on board. We are proud of RNs at St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s Hospitals for taking this historic step to unite with your RN colleagues to elevate standards for patients and nurses.
Check out the Arizona Daily Star’s article.
And visit National Nurses United for the full press release.