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November 15, 2023

Framingham nurses not yet acknowledged for unionization

Photo | Grant Welker MetroWest Medical Center's Framingham Union Hospital

Two months since nurses at Framingham Union Hospital requested voluntary recognition of their labor union in a letter to MetroWest Medical Center CEO John Whitlock, nurses have not yet voted on the decision to unionize.

Framingham Union Hospital is part of MetroWest Medical Center, which is owned by Texas-based Tenet Healthcare. There are approximately 280 nurses at FUH, a supermajority of which signed union cards in September, according to a Monday press release from the Massachusetts Nurses Association, the labor union the Framingham hospital nurses would join.

The National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. determines eligibility for unionization and sets the voting date. According to the press release, Tenet has filed an appeal to the NLRB, resulting in a delay of the union election.

MNA alleges that Tenet has engaged in union-busting activities, including one-one-one meetings with nurses. Tenet did not reply to WBJ request for comment on the allegation on Wednesday. 

Tenet owns Worcester’s Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, where MNA nurses went on a 301-day strike from 2021 to 2022.

According to the MNA, Framingham Union Hospital nurses have requested to join the union to address concerns related to safe working conditions.

MNA represents 25,000 members in healthcare facilities across Massachusetts. 

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