Roger Williams Medical Center nurses vote to join UNAP healthcare union
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Registered nurses from Roger Williams Medical Center voted on Tuesday to join the United Nurses and Allied Professionals union.
The voting phase took place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., resulting in a 2-1 margin vote in favor of joining.
The largest healthcare union in Rhode Island, UNAP currently represents over 7,000 employees across Rhode Island, Vermont, and Connecticut.
Over the next few months an election will take place to determine the local leaders.
“We are very pleased that the registered nurses at Roger Williams voted today to join our union,” stated UNAP President Lynn Blais, RN. “The 2-1 margin of victory indicates deep dissatisfaction with Prospect CharterCare’s management. This victory comes on the heels of hundreds of other CharterCare employees who have voted to join the UNAP over the last few years. With CharterCare now up for sale, we will fight to ensure that no sale is approved without collective bargaining agreements in effect for all CharterCare employees.”
President Blais continued by saying, “We look forward to helping these hard-working nurses negotiate better working conditions, safer staffing ratios, and enhanced job security, wages and benefits. Nurses and other health professionals are facing historic challenges, with the pandemic taking a toll on the healthcare workforce and creating massive staffing shortages that have reverberated throughout the whole system. Our union is proud to not only advocate for healthcare workers, but also for the betterment of our entire healthcare infrastructure. We look forward to giving these nurses a voice and a seat at the table.”