A majority of Trinity employees represented by SEIU Healthcare Michigan voted overwhelmingly YES to remain represented by their Union. The vote count was 89 to 66 in favor of Union representation. This was a secret ballot vote conducted and supervised by the National Labor Relations Board consistent with federal labor law.
Under the law, it is illegal for Trinity to withdraw recognition from the date of the election forward for a period of one year. In fact, they are obligated to return to the negotiations and bargain in good faith. Unfortunately, Trinity has shown consistently throughout this process their willingness to engage in unlawful conduct.
“Grand Haven residents deserve quality patient care, and that starts with addressing the staffing crisis at the hospital,” says Ricky Kauffman, Lead Radiology Tech and NOCHEA Vice President,” We remain committed to returning to the negotiating table to win a contract that respects all frontline workers, wins fair raises every year for every worker, and prioritizes safe staffing. We are prepared to return to negotiations as soon as possible, but if Trinity continues to violate the federal law, we will pursue every legal avenue available to hold them accountable.”