Nurses’ union votes in help of possible strike

The union representing College of Cincinnati Health care Center (UCMC) nurses has voted in favor of their bargaining team providing a 10-working day recognize of intention to strike or informally picket if deemed essential with 99.3% of votes in help.

The votes were tallied Thursday night time after two days of voting as the union pushes for greater nurse recruitment and retention and improved nurse-to-client ratios. 

The agreement in between the Registered Nurses Association and UCMC is set to expire June 30. The nurses’ union claims it truly is nonetheless negotiating but options to file an unfair labor tactics cost and could strike if it does not get demands met.

“We are dedicated to always undertaking what is proper for our patients and our staff customers. These final results are determined only by all those who really voted, and we never believe that that this result reflects the greater part check out of our 1,500+ nurses,” Amanda Nageleisen, director of company media relations for UC Overall health, reported in a assertion delivered to The Enquirer. “We remain fully commited to negotiating a good contract that supports all of our nurses.” 

The Registered Nurses Association of University of Cincinnati Medical Center asks for safe staffing in the hospitals on a billboard. The RNA is asking UCMC for a commitment to recruitment, retainment of staff and safe nurse-to-patient ratios.

The union declined to specify how many users voted.

The Registered Nurses Affiliation, the union symbolizing UC Health-related Heart nurses, is a community affiliate of the Ohio Nurses Affiliation. The community affiliate has been negotiating with UCMC considering that late April, the state’s association officers say. 

The Registered Nurses Association says that UCMC has been losing nurses to subcontracting work opportunities that pay out two to a few periods their wages, leaving them with above 400 vacancies.