National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) coordinated and monitored decertification election process
ENCINITAS, CA.—Nurses at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas have voted to decertify and end their relationship with the California Nurses Association (CNA).
The secret ballot vote, which took place April 23 and 24, was held in response to a petition signed by the hospital’s nurses last December that stated they no longer wanted union representation. The final results show that a majority of nurses no longer want third-party representation.
There were 312 nurses eligible to vote, and 286 voted. The final tally was 123 for representation by CNA and 163 against representation by CNA. Under Federal Law, the union has seven days in which to file objections with the NLRB if there is evidence of improper conduct affecting the election results.
“I am very proud that our nurses have entrusted us to be their advocate,” said Jan Zachry, R.N., the hospital’s chief nurse executive. “We are very proud of the work our nursing leadership and nurses have done to create a collaborative team that is committed to excellence in patient care for our North County community.”
CNA’s third-party representation of Scripps Encinitas nurses began in January 2004. The first contract with CNA was signed more than two years later in April 2006 after two strikes and a previous attempt by nurses to decertify. On March 27, 2008, the second contract was ratified by the CNA.
About Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas
Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas is one of five acute care hospital campuses in the Scripps Health system, a non-profit health care organization based in San Diego, California. In February 2008, Scripps was named a 100 Best Companies to Work For® by FORTUNE magazine. Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas is North San Diego County’s first certified primary stroke center, first World Health Organization designated Baby Friendly Hospital in San Diego, and the only CARF-accredited Brain Injury program in San Diego, Imperial and Riverside counties. Scripps Encinitas offers a full-range of clinical and surgical services, including 24-hour emergency services; intensive care; cancer/oncology; orthopedics; neurology; urology; ophthalmology; a Level II neonatal nursery; award-winning OB/GYN and maternal and infant health services; and an ambulatory surgery center. With more than 500 physicians, over 1,000 employees and 138 beds, Scripps Encinitas has served the growing communities of San Diego’s North County since 1978.