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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

nprecedented opportunities. Caritas Christi is a thoughtful and innovative employer that understands how giving workers a free choice about uniting together not only allows them to improve conditions for their patients and themselves, but also helps to preserve the long-term sustainability of their hospital. Now that St. Elizabeth's workers have a union voice, we can all work together to defend healthcare funding, expand access, improve quality of care and make sure there are good, secure jobs for Boston working families."

"By an overwhelming margin, St. Elizabeth's workers have come together to unite with the common goal of making their hospital the best it can be for patients and the community," said 1199SEIU Executive Vice President Mike Fadel. "During this time of budget cuts and economic uncertainty -- workers at St. Elizabeth's will stand together with their fellow healthcare workers across Massachusetts."

As the state's second largest healthcare employer with 13,000 employees, Caritas Christi distinguished itself as the first major health system to forge such a fair union elections accord since non-union area hospital workers officially announced their appeal to hospital CEOs for free and fair union elections in October 2007.

Organizing effort are ongoing at every hospital in Boston and hospital CEOs across the city have been asked to allow workers to vote under free and fair conditions. Workers at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center have pledged to help health care workers at facilities across Boston as well as other Caritas Christi facilities -- where union election campaigns are expected to launch in the near future.

Representing more than 320,000 healthcare workers throughout Massachusetts, New York, Maryland, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest and fastes
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