March 25, 2004
Pete Castelli, 510-409-9783, or Glynnis Golden-Ortiz, 323-497-3013.
Mercy RNs Vote by 85% to Join Calif. Nurses Assn.
By an emphatic 85% vote, Registered Nurses at Mercy Medical Center in Redding Thursday elected to join the California Nurses Association, the state's largest organization of RNs.
In a federally supervised secret ballot election, 310 RNs voted for CNA. The Laborer's International Union/United Public Employees of California received 47 votes, and 6 nurses voted for no representation. More than 500 RNs are covered by the vote.
Mercy is a part of Catholic Healthcare West, the largest Catholic hospital system in the Western United States, and one of the biggest hospital chains in California. CNA has achieved dramatic growth in the CHW system and now represents over 8,500 CHW RNs in 21 hospitals from Mt. Shasta to Long Beach.
CNA President Deborah Burger, RN offered a "warm welcome to the dedicated nurses at Mercy Redding who have made it their mission to join their colleagues throughout the CHW system to make a difference for their colleagues and their patients."
Mercy RNs were ecstatic with the election results.
"This was a great victory! We can now focus our efforts on negotiating our contract with CNA," said Shelley Tirri, RN.
"I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make this election a success, and thanks to those who voted for this change," said Teresa Kalista, RN. "I'm so excited to have an opportunity to make nursing an even more rewarding profession."
"We now have the power of all CHW hospitals, backed by CNA and thousands of CHW RNs, due to great teamwork for patients and staff." - Ken Ross, RN.
"CNA is leading the pack in raising the standards of nursing care for the safety of patients, and that's an organization I'm proud to belong to," said Gayle Critchfield, RN.
"Nursing has come a long way. We are strong and united. It is an extreme honor to be part of a professional organization that has done so much for our practice and above all our patients," added Marlene Wied, RN. "We will continue to grow in our profession as we continue to care for our patients with CNA's advocacy."
With the Redding victory, CNA, one of the fastest growing unions in the nation, has now won 30 elections for more than 10,000 RNs since 2001, including elections for over 2,000 RNs at 10 hospitals this year alone. Overall, CNA now represents some 57,000 RNs at more than 160 facilities across California.