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Workers at 2 Conn. hosptials vote against unionizing

About 800 nursing assistants and other workers at Danbury and New Milford Hospitals voted last night NOT to establish a union.  Workers had said inadequate staffing, pay and better treatment were top concerns in the drive to unionize.  Vote tallies were not available late Friday, but a spokesman for AFT Connecticut, which led the organizing drive, said in an emailed statement that the vote was decided by a narrow margin.


AFT Connecticut has accused hospital managers of interference in the unionizing process.  The National Labor Relations Board is investigating.


Spokesman Matt O'Connor said even before the vote, these healthcare workers had already built their union by raising their voices together.  AFT Connecticut remains committed to justice for these workers.


The president of the two hospitals said in an emailed statement that he was pleased with the vote, saying Western Connecticut Health Network remains committed to continuing to build an environment of respect and open communication with employees--calling the employees the heart and soul of the organization.

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