Fremont-Rideout Health Group announced today that nurses have submitted petitions signed by a majority of nurses at Rideout Memorial Hospital and Fremont Medical Center seeking removal of the California Nurses Association as their bargaining representative.

Fremont-Rideout Health Group announced today that nurses have submitted petitions signed by a majority of nurses at Rideout Memorial Hospital and Fremont Medical Center seeking removal of the California Nurses Association as their bargaining representative.  “We have verified the signatures on the petitions and determined that a majority of nurses no longer want to be represented by CNA,” said Tresha Moreland, Vice President of Human Resources.  “The nurses asked FRHG to withdraw recognition of the union, and we have complied with their wishes,” Moreland added. 

Labor laws provide that, in addition to filing a petition with the NLRB seeking a decertification election, employees may also remove a union without an election by submitting petitions signed by a majority stating that they no longer wish to be represented by the union.  Once a majority of employees sign such a petition and submit it, the union loses its status as the employees’ bargaining representative. 

A decertification petition was filed by the employees in this same group over a year ago, but CNA filed unfair labor practice charges to block that election.  Although the union could have chosen to allow the election to proceed, it refused to do so.

Last year, a majority of nurses at the Feather River Surgery Center used the same majority petition process to remove CNA as their representative.  The National Labor Relations Board dismissed charges filed by CNA challenging the petition.

“We truly appreciate the support from the nurses at Fremont and Rideout Hospitals, and we are excited for the opportunity to once again work directly with them and all our staff members to continue to provide quality patient care,” Theresa Hamilton, CEO.

This action does not affect the nurses at the Cancer Center, who continue to be represented by CNA.