St. Peter’s Health nurses vote to unionize

Registered nurses working in St. Peter’s Health clinics in Helena voted to unionize Tuesday, a decision that brings about 70 nurses under the Montana Nurses Association Local #13 banner.

The union announced the results in a news release late Tuesday, calling it “a resounding victory” that “secur(es) a voice in their workplace and a stronger position to protect the high-quality patient care they provide and better advocate for themselves, each other, their patients, and the Helena area community.”

St. Peter’s Medical Group North

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The vote was 45-14, MNA Labor Program Director Robin Haux said. Some of the nurses did not vote.

The nurses now join the acute care at St. Peter’s Health as members of Local #13. 

MNA accused St. Peter’s ahead of the Armor-Globe election of union-busting tactics, a claim the hospital denied, saying it respects the fact that employees have a right to join a union.

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