Workers at Bon Secours Charity Health System’s Warwick Healthcare Campus Reject Call to Unionize

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Non-nursing employees at the Bon Secours Charity Health System’s Warwick Healthcare campus have voted not to join Local 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the second time in three years that the union has failed to win a majority of the employees’ votes.

We are gratified that the results validated the results of the last election that were contested.

Non-nursing employees at the Bon Secours Charity Health System’s Warwick Healthcare campus have voted not to join Local 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the second time in three years that the union has failed to win a majority of the employees’ votes.

The vote to reject the union, which covered approximately 275 certified nursing assistants and other workers at the Warwick Healthcare Campus – which includes St. Anthony Community Hospital, Mount Alverno Center and the Schervier Pavilion nursing home, in Warwick, N.Y., – was 154 against unionization and 96 in favor. The National Labor Relations Board supervised the election.

“We are gratified that the results validated the results of the last election that were contested,” said Philip A. Patterson, CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System (BSCHS). “We have said all along that this was a decision that our employees had to make on their own, free from any outside pressure. We believe the vote against the union is an indication that our employees want to continue to use their own direct voice to management rather than working through a collective bargaining agent. We also recognize the need to further engage our employees as we strive to be an employer of choice.”

The vote reaffirms the results of a similar election which took place in 2008, in which the employees of the BSCHS Warwick Healthcare Campus narrowly voted to reject unionization.

About Bon Secours Charity Health System
The Bon Secours Charity Health System includes Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, N.Y., a regional medical center, and two community hospitals: Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, N.Y., and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, N.Y. Additionally, Bon Secours Charity Health System provides the services of a Certified Home Health Agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living and adult home facility, and several other off-site medical programs. The Bon Secours Charity Health System draws its name from the two Catholic orders that jointly sponsor the system: The Sisters of Bon Secours and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. For more information, visit http://bschs.bonsecours.com.

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