As SLU Hospital nurses fight for improved patient care, SSM Health is trying to decertify their union


ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL NURSES recently held an informational picket at the hospital to voice their concerns about inadequate staffing levels adversely affecting patient care amid unprecedented anti-union tactics being used by the hospital’s owner, SSM Health, to undermine their efforts and decertify their union. The nurses have been represented by National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United since 2012. Their contract with SSM ended in June. Since then, the nurses say SSM Health is acting like a corporation, using its money and resources to try to bust the democratically elected union. A crowd of about 100 turned out at the rally in support of the nurses, including representatives from the St. Louis Labor Council, Missouri Jobs with Justice, Service Employees (SIEU) Local 1, Laborers Local 110, Insulators Local 1, IBEW Local 1 and many others. Look for a detailed story in the Oct. 4 edition of the Labor Tribune. – Teresa Danieley/Jobs with Justice photo


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