Rochester General Hospital nurses vote to unionize
Rochester, New York – On Wednesday night, nurses at Rochester General Hospital voted in favor of forming an independent union.
431 nurses voted yes to joining the Rochester Union of Nurses & Allied Professionals (RUNAP), against 296 no votes.
759 ballots were cast and 33 ballots were challenged.
This comes after claims of unsafe conditions and poor retention were the two of the factors in the fight for a union.
On July 12-13, the votes to unionize were conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.
Before the result is declared final, the outcome will still need to be certified by the NLRB; which could take at least seven days if no objections to the conduct of the election are filed.
On Wednesday, Rochester Regional Health said in a statement: “We are disappointed in this outcome, as we continue to believe a direct working relationship with our employees is best for the hospital and our team members. However, we accept the results and are fully committed to healing and moving forward as ONE TEAM, continuing to provide great care for our community, together.”