Following two separate votes a week apart, 138 workers in two units at Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving will unionize, with representation by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East.
A total of five distinct groups had sought representation through the union. Those joining the union include 106 service, maintenance and clerical employees; and 32 professional employees, excluding registered nurses. A group of 32 licensed professional nurses and technical employees; and six skilled maintenance workers voted not to unionize; while 29 business, office and clerical workers withdrew their petition.
Three groups held their vote on Aug. 29, with the other voted held last week.
A. Jack Davis, vice president of administrative services at LERHSNY, said in a media release the hospital plans to bargain in good faith with representatives in the coming days to create a fair and responsible collective bargaining agreement.
This is the first time hospital workers have been represented by the union, though SEIU does have members at the skilled nursing facility affiliated with Lake Shore. Both are part of the TLC Health Network, under the Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York umbrella.