Bend hospital service workers decertify union

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by Associated Press

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Posted on November 3, 2012 at 5:32 PM

BEND, Ore. (AP) -- After a crossfire of accusations about intimidation and pressure, more than 500 employees at a Bend hospital voted to end their representation by the Service Employees International Union.

The Bend Bulletin reports a vote to decertify the union this week passed by 122 votes, 334-212. Service employees at St. Charles Bend hospital voted to join the union in January 2011 by a margin of six votes.

Local union members bargained for a new labor contract they never achieved. St. Charles workers may not approach SEIU for representation for another year.

It was the second union-related action at the Bend hospital this week. Nurses, who are represented by the Oregon Nurses Association, ratified a new three-year contract with St. Charles Health System.

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