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Tue Apr 9, 2019, 01:21 PM

800 Oregon hospital workers unionize

The Service Employees International Union 49 has added 800 employees to its membership rolls after a vote by Providence Portland Medical Center workers in Decemberóa tally counted and recounted over two months and decided by one vote.

The initial vote showed SEIU 49, one of Oregonís largest labor unions, failed to garner enough support from workers at the northeast Portland hospital, but a challenge resulted in the counting of two more ballots, the Portland Business Journal reported. That pushed the vote tally in favor of unionizationó384-383.

A similar effort last year added 200 employees of Providence Milwaukie to SEIU 49.

SEIU has criticized Oregonís nonprofit hospitals for providing high executive salaries at the expense of patients and workers. It announced in February that the CEO of Providence Portlandís parent company, Dr. Rod Hochman of Providence St. Joseph Health, Providence received $10 million last year.

Read more: http://oregonbusinessreport.com/2019/04/800-providence-hospital-workers-unionize/

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