United Nurses Cleared of Election Misconduct Allegations

July 2010

San Dimas, CA –The United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP) was cleared of any misconduct during an organizing campaign preceding the Registered Nurses vote to unionize and affiliate with UNAC/UHCP in April 2010.  Chino Valley Medical Center filed twenty-nine objections with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging Union election misconduct. Last week an Administrative Law Judge overruled all of the Hospital’s objections, clearing the way for the Union to be certified as the nurses’ representative.

“We are gratified that the judge examined all the evidence and found in our favor,” said Kathy Sackman, RN, President, UNAC/UHCP. “These objections were frivolous and designed to smear UNAC/UHCP’s name, while infringing on the nurses’ right to be represented by a union.”

“Chino Valley nurses strive to provide their patients the best care possible, and their vote demonstrates that the Union will help them accomplish that,” continued Sackman. ”Nurses are on the frontline of patient care, and need to be empowered to speak up for themselves and for their patients.”

Among the more egregious allegations, the Hospital claimed the Union had threatened acts of violence and vandalized property. These objections were withdrawn by the Hospital, after it presented no evidence at the Objections Hearing that these events occurred.

Chino Valley Medical Center is owned and operated by Prime Healthcare Services.

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