Pinoy nurses in Albany, NY rally to form union

ALBANY, NY — These nurses want to exercise their right to organize and form a union.

“Gusto naming magkaroon ng union dahil gusto naming para magkaroon kami ng boses upang umangat ang aming standard of living, ang health insurance naming at hindi naman ganun kalaki ang sweldo ng mga nurses dito,” says Cheryll Gumabay.

But local news reports say, the nurses claim that hospital management is using coercive tactics to discourage their efforts.

A union could serve an estimated 2000 registered nurses – about 300 of them are Filipinos.

In a statement, New York governor Andrew Cuomo said, “He has directed the state department of labor to launch an immediate investigation into the allegations of threatening and coercive behavior at Albany Medical Center.”

Cuomo also said that “New York State is a union state that believes in the fundamental right to organize. The right to organize is paramount, and New York state will not stand for any attempts to intimidate, illegally prevent, or dissuade workers from unionizing.”

A secret ballot voting was held Thursday, April 12 and Friday the 13th, to determine whether Albany Medical Center nurses would vote for a union.

While these Filipino nurse are voting yes to organize a union, the hospital’s YouTube channel has videos of employees who are voting no.

Michelle Tubi-Corrales is one of the first Filipinos to be promoted as assistant manager at Albany med.

 

“That’s what Albany med makes me proud of, because they don’t look at you whoever you are, they don’t look at you how young you are, they don’t look at you where you come from, they don’t look at you how long you have been here, they look at your potentials,” said Tubi-Corrales.

 

“Voting no is the only way to go, we like what we have, we don’t wanna see it disrupted,” said Veronica McCollum. “I have an open door policy as well as my peers; we don’t need a third party to speak for us.”

BA reached out to Albany Medical Center but it has not responded at this time.

 

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  • Mario
    14 April 2018 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    As a Pinoy, I have to warned our Kababayan to stay NEUTRAL when it comes to joining the Union.This is the FUTURE for the Union. What is happening today, it is mandatory for a Gov’t employee to join the Union, if he chooses Not to join, it is still mandatory for the Union to deduct/collect Union dues from his pay check. This case is now pending at SC and Trump appointee Justice Gorsuch seemed to rule that, joining the union is NOT MANDATORY-public or private, any Union dues,fees, collected from NONE member is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Effect of this ruling; majority or 80% of the government union members will quit, knowing that only the powerful officers are enjoying the benefits. Lack of union membership will paralyzed Union election contributions for the Democrat Party. Conservative Justice Gorsuch is 50 yrs old will retire at 85, how old are you, after 35 years..Future for America is CONSERVATISM,,, LIBERALISM will die…

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