Report: St. Peter’s consultant documented nurses’ home life, union sentiment

A leaked internal document at St. Peter’s Health listed intimate details of nurses’ home lives, incentives at work, notes about disciplinary records, personality types and likeliness to join a union, according to a redacted copy obtained by the Daily Montanan on Wednesday.

Union consultants hired by the hospital prior to a nurses’ vote on whether to unionize — including one described as a “union-buster” by a labor group — compiled the information in the document.

St. Peter’s Health declined to comment Wednesday on the administration’s role in collecting the information contained in the document, but internal emails obtained by the Daily Montanan indicate leadership shared said information with the consultant.

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After the internal leak, St. Peter’s ended its union consultant contracts and apologized to nurses.

However, nurses did not take this apology as sincere, a union leader said Wednesday. St. Peter’s employs an estimated 1,700 people according to their website, including about 360 nurses.

Later this month, the nurses will vote on whether to join the union, the existing Montana Nurses Association Local #13, and the move follows national momentum of unions across the country advocating for better pay and benefits.


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