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Faulkner Hospital Workers Vote to Unionize

Five hundred service workers at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain voted to unionize this past week, reports the Boston Business Journal.

The vote brings administrative, housekeeping, medical interpreters and food service workers into the health care union, which had worked since early this year to bring Faulkner Hospital employees into its chapter.

Tyrék D. Lee, Sr., executive vice president of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, said in a press release that he wanted to “ensure good jobs, fair wages and respect” for the new workers, but could not say when a contract might be negotiated.

Hospital official agreed not to block the workers’ vote, but have said that it didn’t seem necessary given that wages and benefits had already improved for the past several years.

For more on the unionization vote, visit the Boston Business Journal.