Ketchikan nurses say yes to union

Posted: Friday, May 04, 2001

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Nurses at Ketchikan General Hospital have decided to unionize. The vote Wednesday night was 37-20.

''I think the employees have said what they would like to do, and I think it behooves management now to enter into negotiations,'' hospital administrator Ed Mahn said.

The nurses will be represented by the Alaska Nurses Association, which earlier organized the 750 nurses at Alaska's largest hospital, Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

The only obstacle left for the new union would be election objections by the hospital administration.

''Right now, I'm not aware of any (objections) that we would file,'' administrator Mahn said. ''But I haven't talked to the lawyer yet.''

The issues the new union will pursue are up in the air, dependent on answers to questionnaires being sent out to nurses at the hospital, nurses said.

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