Sign Up for Updates

News — West Virginia

Nurses offer testimony in NLRB hearing

Nurses offer testimony in NLRB hearing

LEWISBURG — Two local nurses testified during day one of a public hearing being conducted here by the National Labor Relations Board, which is examining allegations of multiple labor violations at seven hospitals, including Greenbrier Valley Medical Center. —Tina Alvey, Register-Herald Reporter, 09/20/16 More »

Hospitals Ordered to Recognize Nurses’ Union

Hospitals Ordered to Recognize Nurses’ Union

A federal court has ordered two West Virginia hospitals to stop blocking a democratic vote by nurses, recognize the nurses' right to join a union and bargain with them for a first collective bargaining agreement. —Tina Alvey, Register-Herald Reporter, 08/02/16 More »

Federal court: BRMC, GVMC must recognize nurses union

Federal court: BRMC, GVMC must recognize nurses union

BLUEFIELD — A federal court has ordered two West Virginia hospitals to stop blocking a democratic vote by nurses, recognize the nurses’ right to join a union and bargain with them for a first collective bargaining agreement, representatives of a nursing union said in a press release Friday. —By Greg Jordan, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 08/01/16 More »

Nurses union’s conflict with Community Health Systems heats up

Nurses union’s conflict with Community Health Systems heats up

The 185,000-member National Nurses United labor union last month claimed that management at two California hospitals owned by Franklin-based Community Health Systems wrongfully terminated nurses who also were union members and had been outspoken on labor issues. —Tennessean, 02/10/14 More »

Nurses Picket Greenbrier Valley Medical Center

Nurses Picket Greenbrier Valley Medical Center

FAIRLEA — Nearly a dozen registered nurses lined a strip of land between Greenbrier Valley Medical Center and Route 219 Tuesday afternoon, protesting what they say is the unwillingness of the hospital’s management to negotiate a labor contract with them. “This hospital made $15 million last year,” said RN Tracey Paxton, one of the picketers. “We don’t think it’s too much to ask that they provide the equipment we need to do our jobs. We need to be at our patients’ bedsides, not trying to find another IV pole or blood-pressure cuff.” —Register-Herald Reporter, 12/04/13 More »

Nurses Asking to Speak with Hospital Management

Nurses Asking to Speak with Hospital Management

Members of a national nurses union are asking Bluefield Regional Medical Center’s management to discuss patient care and other issues. On Aug. 25, 2012, BRMCs’ nurses voted to become members of the National Nurses United Union, said BRMC Nurse Brenda Meadwell, RN. The union held a press conference today outside the hospital. —Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 12/04/13 More »

Monopoly medicine may be bad for your health

Monopoly medicine may be bad for your health

Who is really behind the doors at your local “community” hospital? In recent weeks you may have seen a billboard near Barstow Community Hospital with a message from registered nurses, “Protect Our Patients, Don’t Silence Nurses,” and a photo of a real RN (that’s me). —By: Deborah Burger, RN and CNA/NNU Co-president, 09/04/13 More »

Nurses picket for patient care concerns

Nurses picket for patient care concerns

BLUEFIELD — Nurses and their supporters formed a picket line Tuesday evening near the entrance to Bluefield Regional Medical Center and drew attention to what they said were violations of federal law by the facility’s owner, Community Health Systems medical facilities. —Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 03/20/13 More »