Published on September 5th, 20180
Employees Vote to Scrap Union at St. Lukes Miners Campus
St. Luke’s Miners Campus employees represented by collective bargaining unit OPEIU Local 112 voted on August 9 in favor of decertification. As result, the Miners Campus no longer has a union presence.
“St. Luke’s understand and supports our employees’ decision to turn away from union representation,” Miners Campus President Wendy Lazo said. “This indicates to us that our employees feel they are valued and treated fairly, which is a point of pride for St. Luke’s University Health Network.”
OPEIU (Office and Professional Employees International Union) represented 90 full- and part-time employees, who included registered nurses, medical laboratory technicians, pharmacists, physical therapists and occupational therapists.
The August 9 election was based on the votes of 77 of the employees covered by the OPEIU collective bargaining agreement. Employees sided by a decisive 2:1 margin against the union.
The vote will allow St. Luke’s to give pay raises to former union employees, bringing their compensation in line with the rest of the Network, Lazo noted. She said St. Luke’s plans to make all compensation changes in the first subsequent full pay period, and to transition employees to standard Network benefit plans on January 1, 2019.
In 2014, an AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) unit representing approximately 184 full- and part-time Miners Campus employees voted to decertify. The unit represented maintenance, clerical and support employees as well as licensed practical nurses and technical employees such as physical therapists.