Soldotna hospital workers to hold election on union

Posted: Sunday, August 09, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Laborers Local 341 says employees of Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna have voted to hold an election to determine whether they will join a union.

The union says harassment and favoritism on the job caused employees to reach out to the union, which will file the petition with the National Labor Relations Board.

A hospital spokeswoman had no immediate comment.

Union officials say most of the 150 affected employees signed support cards.

Local 341 spokeswoman Stacy Allen says the employees are classified as "nonprofessionals" and include housekeepers, certified nursing assistants, kitchen staff and other positions.

Registered nurses at the hospital are represented by the Alaska Nurses Association.

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