Valley News – Springfield Hospital nurses vote to join healthcare workers union

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Published: 01/12/2022 22:45:56

Modified: 01/12/2022 22:45:04

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — Nurses and other support staff at Springfield Hospital and the Windham Center for Psychiatric Care in Bellows Falls, Vt., voted last month to unionize, according to a union press release.

In a 35-25 vote on Dec. 23, workers voted to join United Nurses and Allied Professionals, a regional health care union representing about 7,000 nurses, technologists, therapists, support staff and other healthcare workers. health in Rhode Island, Vermont and Connecticut. There were seven challenges to the vote.

“We are seeking more information about key issues impacting the lives of the healthcare workers and patients we care for,” Springfield Hospital emergency room nurse Alicia Reed said in the statement. . “We want to make sure that hospital management invests properly in manpower, supplies and equipment throughout the hospital. We want to ensure sufficient staffing ratios so that workers and patients are protected. »

The union aims to improve working conditions, increase retention rates and attract more people to the hospital and the profession, Reed said.

“Springfield Hospital will negotiate in good faith and in the best interests of our staff, our patients and Springfield Hospital,” Anna Smith, a hospital spokeswoman, said in an email Wednesday. .

The Rhode Island-based union also represents workers at several other Vermont health care organizations, including Brattleboro Retreat and Copley Hospital in Morristown, Vermont, as well as mental health workers at Youth Services in Brattleboro, Vermont, and workers from Springfield-based Health Care and Rehabilitation Services, which provides mental health care to residents of Windsor and Windham counties.

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