St. Peter’s Health clinic nurses to vote on unionizing, accuse hospital of union-busting

A group of registered nurses working at St. Peter’s Medical Group’s Broadway and North clinics in Helena are set to vote on unionizing under the Montana Nurses Association and claim the hospital is using union-busting tactics to quash their efforts.

It’s an allegation that St. Peter’s denies, saying it respects the fact that employees have a right to join a union.

The 70 nurses affected would join the existing professional nurses’ union, MNA Local #13, and their Armor-Globe election is scheduled for Oct. 17.

“The professional nurses of Local #13, and MNA, believe collective bargaining is the strongest tool to protect patient care and patient safety, moreover, giving nurses a voice to speak out collectively and advocate on behalf of themselves, their patients, and their community,” the union stated Wednesday in a news release announcing the potential union.

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The union, which represents more than 3,000 nurses in the state, further asserts St. Peter’s Health “started pursuing an anti-union campaign against these nurses, including hiring an out of state, anti-union consultant from Florida to prevent these 70 nurses from having a collective voice in their workplace.”

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