Independence, MO, hospital's action could make way for other nurses' union

Kansas City Star, February 17, 2009

Independence, MO-based Centerpoint Medical Center has settled some disputes with the Nurses United union, a move that could hasten the effort some nurses have taken to oust the bargaining unit. Early in February, Centerpoint posted notices throughout the hospital that it will not prohibit employees from discussing union activities or distributing union literature at nurses' stations. The Independence hospital also said it will not fail to bargain with Nurses United on weekend-duty issues involving some nurses. About 370 Centerpoint nurses are represented by Nurses United Local 5126, and voted to join the bargaining group in November 2007. However, negotiations have failed to result in an initial contract.


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