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Nearly 900 Workers at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center Make History With Vote to Join 1199SEIU
Date:4/9/2009

In one of the largest hospital union elections in New England history, workers unite for quality patient care and good, secure jobs

BOSTON, April 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Healthcare workers at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, the largest medical center in the Caritas Christi Health Care chain, today announced they have voted to join 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East following a hospital-wide vote.

The vote means more than 850 St. Elizabeth's Medical Center workers will officially join 1199SEIU, just weeks after the announcement of an historic accord between 1199SEIU and Caritas Christi Health Care pledging free and fair voting conditions for employees while they are deciding whether to join a union. A smaller group of skilled maintenance workers also voted to join the Area Trade Council.

"We are overjoyed by the news and thrilled that the new leadership of Caritas gave us the opportunity to make this decision for ourselves," said St. Elizabeth's Medical Center employee Sonia Marshall, "We believe in the mission of St. Elizabeth's, and we're excited about working together to make the quality of care at our hospital the best that it can be. We look forward to the day when all of our colleagues across Boston are able to have free and fair union elections."

Caritas Christi Health Care, the largest community-based health system in Massachusetts, and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the state's largest healthcare union, reached an historic accord in January 2009. Caritas Christi and the members of 1199SEIU will work together on efforts around employee training and education, as well as employee and patient satisfaction, to usher in the next level of health care quality and patient satisfaction.

"We warmly and enthusiastically welcome St. Elizabeth's workers into our union," said 1199SEIU President George Gresham. "This is a time of great challenges and u
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