Boston union picks up Carney Hospital workers
By Christine McConville
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Caregivers at the Carney Hospital in Dorchester yesterday agreed to join the local chapter of the Service Employees International Union.
With Wednesday’s vote, 500 Carney workers - including respiratory therapists, radiology technicians, licensed practical nurses, housekeepers and dietary workers - are now part of 1199SEIU, one of the nation’s fastest-growing labor unions.
“This has been a long time coming, and we are thrilled,” Kathy Riley, a nuclear medicine technician, said in a statement.
Some 79 percent of the targeted Carney workers voted for unionizing, organizers said.