Heritage Valley Health System to Begin Contract Talks with Nurses

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Heritage Valley Health System

    BEAVER, Pa., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Heritage Valley Health System (HVHS)
 today notified the Service Employees International Union that it is ready to
 begin negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement with registered
 nurses at The Medical Center of Beaver and Heritage Valley Home Care.
     "We believe," said Bruce E. Edwards, Vice President, Human Resources for
 HVHS, "that the Health System's current course of action will enable us to
 focus on providing the high level of care our patients and our community
 deserve and expect."
     The nurses at The Medical Center and Heritage Valley Home Care voted last
 fall to be represented by SEIU.  "The System," said Edwards, "challenged the
 outcome for two reasons.  First, we believed the resource nurses are
 supervisory employees and should not have been eligible to vote, and second,
 we believed there were election-day improprieties that may have affected the
 election outcome.  However, the National Labor Relations Board in Washington
 last month ruled against the Health System and certified the election
 results."
     "Our objections," added Edwards, "were legitimate and the use of the
 appeal process was appropriate.  In fact, the United States Supreme Court is
 considering a case and will rule on the key component of the Health System
 argument -- whether charge nurses are supervisors or employees eligible to
 vote in union representation elections.  A decision on this case is expected
 this summer."
     "Aside from these facts," noted Edwards, "the Health System has determined
 that for the good of the System, our employees and the community we serve, it
 is best to put the issue behind us.  Therefore, we will forego further appeals
 and will accept the certified election results."
     According to Edwards, good faith negotiations will begin shortly with the
 SEIU over the terms and conditions of employment for the nurses at The Medical
 Center and Heritage Valley Home Care.  "Collective bargaining," he cautioned,
 "is a complex process and this is especially true when first contracts are
 involved."
     The Medical Center employs approximately 600 registered nurses, while
 Heritage Valley Home Care employs approximately 50 registered nurses.
 
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SOURCE Heritage Valley Health System
    BEAVER, Pa., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Heritage Valley Health System (HVHS)
 today notified the Service Employees International Union that it is ready to
 begin negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement with registered
 nurses at The Medical Center of Beaver and Heritage Valley Home Care.
     "We believe," said Bruce E. Edwards, Vice President, Human Resources for
 HVHS, "that the Health System's current course of action will enable us to
 focus on providing the high level of care our patients and our community
 deserve and expect."
     The nurses at The Medical Center and Heritage Valley Home Care voted last
 fall to be represented by SEIU.  "The System," said Edwards, "challenged the
 outcome for two reasons.  First, we believed the resource nurses are
 supervisory employees and should not have been eligible to vote, and second,
 we believed there were election-day improprieties that may have affected the
 election outcome.  However, the National Labor Relations Board in Washington
 last month ruled against the Health System and certified the election
 results."
     "Our objections," added Edwards, "were legitimate and the use of the
 appeal process was appropriate.  In fact, the United States Supreme Court is
 considering a case and will rule on the key component of the Health System
 argument -- whether charge nurses are supervisors or employees eligible to
 vote in union representation elections.  A decision on this case is expected
 this summer."
     "Aside from these facts," noted Edwards, "the Health System has determined
 that for the good of the System, our employees and the community we serve, it
 is best to put the issue behind us.  Therefore, we will forego further appeals
 and will accept the certified election results."
     According to Edwards, good faith negotiations will begin shortly with the
 SEIU over the terms and conditions of employment for the nurses at The Medical
 Center and Heritage Valley Home Care.  "Collective bargaining," he cautioned,
 "is a complex process and this is especially true when first contracts are
 involved."
     The Medical Center employs approximately 600 registered nurses, while
 Heritage Valley Home Care employs approximately 50 registered nurses.
 
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