Texas AFL-CIO Celebrates Huge Organizing Win By Nurses at Ascension Seton
First Union Hospital in Austin
The Texas AFL-CIO today celebrated news that nurses at Ascension Seton Medical Center in Austin have voted for representation by National Nurses United (NNU).
The 72 percent “yes” vote makes Seton the first unionized hospital in Austin, representing approximately 800 nurses.
“The nurse’s victory today is a giant breakthrough win for the entire Texas union movement,” Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said.
"Nurses at Seton who shepherded our city through a pandemic and protected the foundation of our well-being have spoken up together for livelihoods that match their contribution. Patients are winners, too, as nurses gain a much stronger voice to advocate for patient care that has suffered at the hands of management motivated by short-term gain. We look forward to seeing National Nurses United negotiate a contract that delivers for all nurses at the hospital and for the community.”
“The Texas AFL-CIO salutes the courage and vision of National Nurses United,” Levy said. “This huge win shows what more and more workers across Texas are recognizing: When we stand up and organize together, we can win. Who’s got next?”
National Nurses Union: http://tinyurl.com/43vtwy4e
The Texas AFL-CIO is the state labor federation consisting of 240,000 affiliated union members who advocate for working families in Texas.