Maine hospice nurses celebrate union organizing victory

Maine hospice nurses celebrate union organizing victory

The registered nurses and other healthcare workers at Hospice of Southern Maine in Scarborough will be the latest members of the Maine State Nurses Association (MSNA). They voted to organize on Wednesday by a vote of 56 to 40, repudiating an intense anti-union campaign by their employer, according to a statement from the Maine AFL-CIO.

“Today is an important day, we came together and supported each other so that we can make the changes needed for our patients,” said HSM RN Pauli Juneau.

MSNA will represent over 110 RNs, licensed clinical social workers, nurses’ aides, housekeepers and other staff at the facility. They join 2,000 other MSNA members as part of the National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU).

“We’re delighted to welcome this great victory for hospice patients, and the incredibly dedicated health care workers who lovingly provide their care,” said Cokie Giles, RN, MSNA president and a national co-president of NNOC.

Key issues in the campaign were assuring the highest standard of care for HSM patients, improved staffing, smaller caseloads to improve care, and fair wages.

“We look forward to building a stronger future for Hospice of Southern Maine. With a voice in our workplace we will improve the care we provide to patients and families in our community in Southern Maine,” said Annette Lemek, a licensed clinical social worker at HSM.

NNU is the largest union of registered nurses in the country, with over 150,000 members nationwide.

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