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Nurses from HCA Hospitals Nationwide Rally in Support of MountainView RNs Today

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Outraged by the ongoing harassment by Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), dozens of registered nurses from HCA facilities across the country will travel to Las Vegas today to show their support of nurses from the company's MountainView Hospital, after management refused to allow them the choice to freely join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC).

MountainView is the only non-union HCA facility in Las Vegas and the 450 RNs there were scheduled to hold a vote in July to win collective bargaining rights. The federal labor board has put that election on hold while they investigate the charges against hospital management.

"HCA is the largest hospital chain in America, and they are known for poor relations with all their employees including nurses, and for cutting corners on the type of strict patient safety standards that save lives," said Malinda Markowitz, an RN at HCA's Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, and co-president of CNA/NNOC. "What we've seen in California is that a strong union can impose patient care and patient safety improvements on HCA and improve outcomes at its facilities."

WHAT: HCA Nurse Solidarity Rally for MountainView RNs

WHEN: Today, August 24, 2009 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Sidewalk in front of MountainView Hospital - 3100 N Tenaya Way, Las Vegas

Upon filing for an election in mid-June with the National Labor Relations Board, management responded with a brutal campaign of intimidation led by high-priced union-busting consultants. RNs were pulled from the bedside on a daily basis to attend mandatory anti-CNA meetings, leaving patients without adequate care. As the election date approached, threats, surveillance, and interrogation became commonplace.

"Management has proven our point with a 'campaign of terror' against RNs this summer. This is why nurses in HCA facilities across the country are looking for ways to have a voice in patient care issues," said MountainView RN Evelyn Baker.

MountainView RNs will be joining with their colleagues from around the country for a peaceful evening rally to assert their rights and to put management on notice that they will not be stopped in their efforts to win patient advocacy and RN protections. They will also be joined by RNs from the St. Rose system in Vegas who have representation with CNA/NNOC and others from the Sunrise HCA system.

Representing 86,000 RNs in all 50 states, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee is the largest and fastest-growing association of direct-care RNs in the nation. Learn more at .

SOURCE California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee
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