Mercy Medical Center/ONA Vote Delayed

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Ohio Nurses Association

    COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Registered nurses at Mercy
 Medical Center decided last night to delay their vote for union representation
 by the Ohio Nurses Association for six months.
     A daily barrage of anti-union literature and videos over several weeks has
 threatened nurses with strikes, fines, loss of benefits, and loss of rights.
     The results, according to one pro-union Mercy nurse, have been, "...fear
 and confusion.  We checked the pulse of the nurses and the hospital has really
 scared the daylights out of a lot of people.  We need to take a breather and
 re-group.  There is no need to rush to the finish line.  During the next six
 months we'll be able to talk about these issues among ourselves calmly and
 rationally.  We'll have a much better prognosis for a strong vote for the
 union and an equal partnership with management."
     Mercy nurses distributed a letter to colleagues at work today stating, "We
 have listened carefully to out colleagues.  Many of you say you still have
 questions about the benefits of union representation.  As nurses, we all know
 the importance of 'informed consent.'  Asking you to vote at this time, when
 you say you are not fully informed, is not fair.  Therefore we are withdrawing
 our petition for representation.  Consequently, there will be no election at
 this time.
     "We look forward to working with Ohio Nurses Association (ONA) and the
 United American Nurses (UAN) -- the labor arm of the American Nurses
 Association -- to provide every eligible Mercy Medical Center RN with the
 facts about unions.
     "We are confident that once you have the facts, you will be able to easily
 discern the truth about ONA. And you will be able to identify myths about
 unions that the hospital union-buster is perpetuating.
     "Hospital management has made a number of promises during meetings with
 nurses. Now is the time for those promises to be kept; on-site child care,
 shuttle service, increased 401K and no mandatory overtime.
     "We can decide together to submit a new petition when an overwhelming
 majority of our nurses are ready to stand up for the union. This will
 guarantee us a strong union and a truly equal partnership with management.
     "Thanks to all the nurses for responding honestly to our questions,
 Believe us. We heard you.
     "Be assured, Mercy nurses retain the right to call for a vote in six
 months."
 
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SOURCE Ohio Nurses Association
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Registered nurses at Mercy
 Medical Center decided last night to delay their vote for union representation
 by the Ohio Nurses Association for six months.
     A daily barrage of anti-union literature and videos over several weeks has
 threatened nurses with strikes, fines, loss of benefits, and loss of rights.
     The results, according to one pro-union Mercy nurse, have been, "...fear
 and confusion.  We checked the pulse of the nurses and the hospital has really
 scared the daylights out of a lot of people.  We need to take a breather and
 re-group.  There is no need to rush to the finish line.  During the next six
 months we'll be able to talk about these issues among ourselves calmly and
 rationally.  We'll have a much better prognosis for a strong vote for the
 union and an equal partnership with management."
     Mercy nurses distributed a letter to colleagues at work today stating, "We
 have listened carefully to out colleagues.  Many of you say you still have
 questions about the benefits of union representation.  As nurses, we all know
 the importance of 'informed consent.'  Asking you to vote at this time, when
 you say you are not fully informed, is not fair.  Therefore we are withdrawing
 our petition for representation.  Consequently, there will be no election at
 this time.
     "We look forward to working with Ohio Nurses Association (ONA) and the
 United American Nurses (UAN) -- the labor arm of the American Nurses
 Association -- to provide every eligible Mercy Medical Center RN with the
 facts about unions.
     "We are confident that once you have the facts, you will be able to easily
 discern the truth about ONA. And you will be able to identify myths about
 unions that the hospital union-buster is perpetuating.
     "Hospital management has made a number of promises during meetings with
 nurses. Now is the time for those promises to be kept; on-site child care,
 shuttle service, increased 401K and no mandatory overtime.
     "We can decide together to submit a new petition when an overwhelming
 majority of our nurses are ready to stand up for the union. This will
 guarantee us a strong union and a truly equal partnership with management.
     "Thanks to all the nurses for responding honestly to our questions,
 Believe us. We heard you.
     "Be assured, Mercy nurses retain the right to call for a vote in six
 months."
 
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