Lakewood Health Center employees vote for union representation
Minnesota Nurses Association

Lakewood Health Center Employees Vote for Union Representation

June 27, 2014

Contact: Barb Brady
(office) 651-414-2849
(cell) 651-202-0845
Jan Rabbers
(office) 651-414-2861
(cell) 612-860-6658
Nearly 100 employees at Lakewood Health Center in Baudette now have a voice in their work, following an overwhelming vote on June 26 in favor of contract representation by the Minnesota Nurses Association.

The successful vote was the result of a determined effort by workers who wanted to be able to advocate more strongly for patients and employees.

The new bargaining unit, which will represent most non-management employees, will begin planning the next steps in securing a voice in the workplace by obtaining a first contract.
"We look forward to bargaining a fair contract that will benefit employees, patients and the community," said Jessica Gorecki, a Lakewood Health Center LPN. "We hope Lakewood will work with us in good faith."

"We are not only employees, we are members of the community," Jamie Johnson, a registered nurse at Lakewood said. "We care about our patients, the Baudette community and the future of Lakewood Health Center."




About MNA:

With more than 20,000 members in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin, MNA is the leading organization for registered nurses in the Midwest and is among the oldest and largest representatives of RNs for collective bargaining in the nation.  Established in 1905, MNA is a multi-purpose organization that fosters high standards for nursing education and practice, and works to advance the profession through legislative activity.  MNA is an affiliate of National Nurses United.

About NNU:

National Nurses United, with close to 185,000 members in every state, is the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in U.S. history.

NNU was founded in 2009 unifying three of the most active, progressive organizations in the U.S.- and the major voices of unionized nurses - in the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, United American Nurses, and Massachusetts Nurses Association.
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