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Albany Med nurses vote to unionize

April 14, 2018 04:09 PM

ALBANY - The votes are in and tallied, and nurses at the Albany Medical Center are unionizing. 

The result was ratified early Saturday morning after two days of voting. Albany Med nurses will become part of the New York State Nurses Association. 

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The heated debate prompted Governor Cuomo to order the State Department of Labor to investigate alleged intimidation. The vote also sparked tense discussions on social media. 

Representatives for the now unionized nurses say they want a voice in staffing decisions. They are also seeking what they call a fair wage, benefits, and a retirement package. The union says it wants to begin to contract negotiations with Albany Medical Center as soon as possible. In a statement, James Barba releases the vote count: one-thousand, one-hundred and sixty-one for unionizing, with 582 voting nay.

Barba vows Albany Med will maintain an open dialogue with nurses about best care practices. The statement notes that election results will not become final until certified by the National Labor Relations Board-- that is expected to take about a week. 

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