Date set for Asante workers unionization vote

MEDFORD, Ore. – A date has been set for more Asante workers to vote to unionize.

More than 1,000 Asante workers will vote on union representation.

According to SEIU Local 49, the Asante workers come from a wide range of departments including intensive care and medical oncology.

The vote will take place on June 8th and 9th.

This vote will be separate from the roughly 270 technical workers looking to unionize through the Oregon Nurses Association.

According to SEIU, the main reasons workers are organizing are to get safe staffing, affordable health insurance, and competitive wages.

“We’re struggling in a lot of different ways, both in the workplace and outside,” Asante Emergency Services Tech Nathan Ostovar said. “And I think people realize that if we want to make things better, we need to come together to do it. So, that’s why we are collectively coming together to organize.”

NBC5 reported earlier this week that the Oregon Nurses Association had set their dates for an election.

That vote will also take place on June 8th and 9th.

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Ethan McReynolds is a reporter and weekend anchor for NBC5 News. He grew up in Bothell, Washington and graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Broadcasting and minors in Journalism and Sport Management. At Gonzaga, he started his own sports podcast. Ethan loves rooting for his hometown Seattle sports teams, especially the Mariners. He loves playing baseball, basketball, and soccer. He is also an avid Taylor Swift fan.
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