Springfield Hospital nurses vote to join health care workers union

Published: 1/12/2022 10:45:56 PM
Modified: 1/13/2022 1:00:18 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — Nurses at Springfield Hospital and the associated Windham Center for Psychiatric Care in Bellows Falls, Vt., voted last month to unionize, according to a news release from the union.

In a vote of 35-25 on Dec. 23, nurses voted to join the United Nurses and Allied Professionals, a regional health care union representing approximately 7,000 nurses, technologists, therapists, support staff and other health care workers in Rhode Island, Vermont and Connecticut. There were seven challenges to the vote.

“We are seeking more input on key issues that impact the lives of health care workers and the patients we care for,” Alicia Reed, an emergency room nurse at Springfield Hospital, said in the release. “We want to ensure hospital management is properly investing in the workforce and the supplies and equipment throughout the hospital. We want to ensure sufficient staffing ratios so workers and patients are protected.”

The union aims to improve working conditions, increase retention rates and attract more people to the hospital and the profession, Reed said.

“Springfield Hospital will bargain in good faith and in the best interest of our staff, patients and Springfield Hospital,” Anna Smith, a hospital spokeswoman, said in a Wednesday email.

The Rhode Island-based union also represents workers at several other Vermont health care organizations, including the Brattleboro Retreat and Copley Hospital in Morristown, Vt., as well as for mental health workers at Youth Services in Brattleboro, Vt., and workers at the Springfield-based Health Care and Rehabilitative Services, which provides mental health care for people in Windsor and Windham counties.

CORRECTION: Nurses at Springfield (Vt.) Hospital and the associated Windham Center for Psychiatric Care in Bellows Falls, Vt., voted last month to unionize. The vote did not include other support workers at the hospital. That point was incorrect in a previous version of this story.




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