I hope this wasn't your hospital!
Union reels after miscount
MIKE HUGHLETT STAFF WRITER
It's a shocker lifted from the Florida election playbook: In a ballot recount, Abbott Northwestern nurses discover a bundle of misplaced votes, and suddenly a contract covering about 1,550 workers -- instead of being approved by 49 votes -- is shot down by one nurse's decision to say no.
Given the chaos, nurses ask administrators at the big Minneapolis hospital whether they can hold another vote and maintain their right to strike. But the suits say, sorry, the union formally informed them -- before the decisive recount -- that the contract had been ratified. By law, that means it's a done deal. Union leaders ultimately agree, saying another vote would be legal folly, potentially bringing ruin to nurses and the union itself.
[ June 07, 2001: Message edited by: PeggyOhio ]