Feb. 1 — CareFlight nurses and doctors may soon be represented by the Ohio Nurses Association, a professional association and nursing union for registered nurses in Ohio.
The Ohio Nurses Association recently filed a petition for representation with the National Labor Relations Board to represent employees.
The union seeks to represent Careflight licensed nurses and physicians employed at all Careflight locations in the Miami Valley. This includes 72 employees, according to the representation petition.
“CareFlight nurses and paramedics are united in our efforts to unionize with the Ohio Nurses Association,” said Rick Lucas, president and executive director of the Ohio Nurses Association.
The unionization effort also aims to empower those employees to voice their concerns, Lucas said.
“This union is more than a collective effort; “It is a dynamic platform that empowers nurses and healthcare professionals to voice their concerns and ensures that their voices resonate with strength and influence, not only at the negotiating table but also at the bedside.” Lucas said.
As CareFlight nurses and doctors decide their future, Premier Health plans to work with the National Labor Relations Board on the process, the health system said.
“Our representatives will work with the NLRB as the petition is processed. We understand that this will include reviewing the role groups in the petition, resolving any related issues, and scheduling a secret ballot election,” the statement said. Prime Minister of Health. in an organizational statement.
In this election, CareFlight employees will have the opportunity to vote on whether they wish to be represented for collective bargaining purposes by the Ohio Nurses Association.
The elections will be held March 5 and 6, the National Labor Relations Board said.
To vote for union representation, 50% plus one of voters must vote yes for the union. If they do not reach this amount, workers will not have voted for union representation.
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