By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Philadelphia. PA – Organizing wins at three Philadelphia-area hospitals have enable the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals to expand its membership by one-third in the last three months.
The union has won elections at Delaware County Memorial, Hahnemann University Hospital, and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, adding about 1,700 nurses to its 5,200 members, and hopes to win representation for 100 technical employees at Delaware County Memorial and 1,000 registered nurses at Einstein Medical Center. PASNAP Executive Director Bill Cruice says the union prefers not to seek approval through card check, because “we’re not comfortable with the price that often must be paid for so-called employer neutrality.” Instead, he says, its organizing successes have come from nurses being fed up with profit-driven health care that results in unsafe staffing and deficient equipment, having adequate organizing staff, and new National Labor Relations Board rules that limit employers’ ability to delay elections. Others cite the union’s reputation of having won several strikes, support from the Northeast Nurses Association, and the ability to have workers sign authorization cards on line and forward others the link. Read more