Planned Parenthood workers at four clinics in Mass. vote for the union

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MARLBOROUGH — With only one vote against in the initial tally, workers at Planned Parenthood clinics in Marlborough, Boston, Worcester and Springfield voted overwhelmingly in favor of unionization.

Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM) employees will join 1199SEIU, a healthcare union affiliated with the Service Employees International Union, which already represents nearly 1,000 Planned Parenthood workers across the United States.

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Mail-in ballots were counted Wednesday afternoon, with the National Labor Relations Board posting 92 votes in favor and 1 against, among 130 eligible voters.

The vote comes less than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that had, until then, held that the US Constitution generally protects the freedom to choose an abortion.

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“This victory reinforces that there is tremendous power when workers come together,” said Cara Callahan, Continuity of Care Navigator at PPLM, in a 1199 SEIU press release. “Organizing has been a way for us to invest in each other and gain some control over what our workplace looks like, especially given the climate we find ourselves in.

Callahan continued, “We want to live our shared values ​​to take care of ourselves and each other. This ensures that we can center our patients and ensure they receive the quality care they need and deserve.

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In a statement to the Daily News, PPLM President and CEO Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak described Planned Parenthood staff as the “backbone” of the organization’s sexual and reproductive health care in Massachusetts. .

“PPLM has a long history of working with labor justice partners, and we respect the decision of our employees,” she said. “After today’s vote, we remain committed to making the best possible decisions for all of our employees, patients and communities, and we look forward to a productive collective bargaining process.”

Affected workers include healthcare assistants, registered nurses, patient navigators, educators, telehealth workers, advanced practice clinicians and advocates at the four clinics, according to the 1199SEIU news release.

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Marlishia Aho, regional director of communications at 1199SEIU, told the Daily News that the next steps include forming a negotiating committee and beginning the contract negotiation process with PPLM management.

Aho said this unionization “is part of a growing movement of healthcare workers who are on the front lines of reproductive and gender-affirming care to really make improvements in the form (of) ‘How do we protect these care in the future?

The victory “reinforces that, especially over the past two and a half years where healthcare workers have been hailed as heroes, this is how we honor our heroes,” she said. “We are raising their voices, taking action to protect the care they provided during some of our nation’s darkest times.”

Abby Patkin is a multimedia reporter at the Daily News. Follow Abby on Twitter @AMPatkin. She can be reached at [email protected]

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