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NLRB Rules in Favor of Nurses at Unity

In a ruling released Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) affirmed nurses’ right to hold a union election at the Legacy Unity Center for Behavioral Health in Portland. Nurses at Unity Center overwhelmingly voted to join ONA in an election supervised by the NLRB June 19, 2019.

After election results were verified, Legacy Health, the parent company of Unity Center, challenged the NLRB’s decision to hold the election. Monday’s ruling affirms the NLRB made the right decision in allowing nurses to hold a union election at Unity Center.

Late Tuesday, the president of Unity Center released a statement saying Legacy accepted the NLRB’s decision and would move forward with bargaining.

The democratically elected ONA bargaining team is preparing to sit down with Legacy to discuss the concerns of the more than 170 nurses it represents. Nurses’ goals are to improve community health care, ensure a safe environment for patients and staff, gain a real voice in decision making, and secure fair representation for nurses and compassionate treatment for patients.

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