Nurses at Kansas City research hospital vote for unionization

Thursday, June 14, 2012 | 1:26 p.m. CDT; updated 1:57 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 14, 2012

KANSAS CITY — Registered nurses at Research Medical Center in Kansas City have voted for union representation.

A spokeswoman for a committee of the National Nurses United said the vote this week was 260 to 92 in favor of the union.

The union says about two-thirds of the 554 eligible members of the nursing staff voted.

The Research Medical Center nurses voted to unionize in September 2010 but a second vote was scheduled after some nurses who opposed union representation asked for it.

Hospital spokeswoman Denise Charpentier said in an email to The Kansas City Star that the center thinks a union is not in the best interest of the hospital. She said the hospital will continue to bargain in good faith.

Staff-to-patient ratios, staffing assignments and compensation are the main points of contention.

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