(Napa, CA) – The majority of Queen of the Valley Registered Nurses said "No" today to the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Union (CNA/NNU) during a secret ballot election sanctioned by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). With 429 of the almost 500 eligible nurses voting on whether they wanted to be "represented for the purposes of collective bargaining," 193 nurses voted "yes" for the union and 236 nurses voted "no."
Per our federal labor laws, the CNA/NNU now has seven days to decide whether or not they want to challenge the results. If they choose not to file objections, the NLRB will immediately certify the results and the election will be final.
"With the vote behind us, it’s time to move forward…together," said Walt Mickens, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Queen of the Valley Medical Center. "The entire leadership team is proud of how all of our Registered Nurses and staff remained committed to our core values of Dignity, Service, Excellence, and Justice – delivering Perfect Care outcomes and winning patient satisfaction and quality awards during what could have been a disruptive process. It is their spirit of respect, professionalism and caring that makes the Queen special for our patients and our community and a respected organization in our industry. It is in this spirit that we now need to rededicate our energies to our common goals and journey to Perfect Care."
"We have enjoyed a direct working relationship with our Registered Nurses since our hospital opened its doors more than 50 years ago," said Barbara Eusebio, VP of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer of Queen of the Valley Medical Center. "While I am very pleased that the majority of our RNs prefer to maintain that relationship, I also reaffirm to our nurses who might have hoped for a different outcome from today’s vote that the Queen remains committed to each of them and their desire to have a voice at our Medical Center. We are looking forward to continuing our work with them to make Queen of the Valley Medical Center among the best in the nation."
About Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 191-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include: a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Regional Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, a Women’s Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, occupational health, imaging center and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at www.thequeen.org.
Queen of the Valley Medical Center was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Its mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by continually improving the health and quality of life of people in the communities we serve.