Holy Family Hospital workers to join union
More than 700 Caritas Christi Health Care workers at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen will join the Service Employees International Union, labor officials said today.
The employees, which include licensed practical nurses, paramedics and housekeepers, voted to join the union's Local 1199 yesterday.
Local 1199 now represents nearly 3,600 Caritas employees in the six-hospital chain, and more than 37,000 health care workers across the state.
“Health care workers across Massachusetts know that in these tough economic times, we must come together to protect the quality of care we provide, the economic health of our hospitals and our communities," Local 1199 Executive Vice President Veronica Turner said in a statement. “We’re proud to welcome the workers at Holy Family into the 1199 family – and we’re ready to continue this unprecedented momentum at hospitals throughout Massachusetts.”
The Catholic hospital system's sale to Cerberus Capital Management, a New York private equity firm, is set to close soon. Last week, the deal cleared its final regulatory hurdle -- approval from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.