Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on March 3, 1976 · Page 16
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 16

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Charles City Nurses First in Iowa to Join the Retail Clerks Union By Gary Grimmond • (Iowa Dally Press Association) CHARLES CITY — Registered nurses at Floyd County Memorial Hospital are the first in their profession to become members of Retail Clerks Union Local 1086 of Minneapolis. Minn. They are also the first in Iowa to become members of the AFL-CIO affiliate, according to Marvin Hrubes, former Mason Cityan and now assistant director of the professional division of the Retail Clerks International Association, AFL-CIO. in Washington, D.C. About half of the 2.000 m em b e r s in the Minneapolis-based Retail Clerks local are nurse aides, licensed practical nurses and others in the nursing-home or health-care field. But this is the first time the Minneapolis unit of the Retail Clerks International Association has had registered nurses as members, according to D wight B. Me'zo of Bloomington, Minn., president of Local 1086 which includes southern Minnesota and Mitchell and Floyd Counties in Iowa. He organized the collective bargaining unit at the Floyd County Memorial Hospital. It includes dietary and housekeeping workers, licensed practical nurses and the registered nurses. Where organized, nurses normally have had their own associations to bargain on salary and benefits, instead of affiliating with a labor organization. But this is changing. according to Hrubes. who is originally from Garner and is a graduate of North Iowa Area Community College. He said there are now 20.000 registered nurses affiliated with AFL-CIO unions in California. The bulk of the nurses belonging to unions are on the East or West coasts, said Hrubes. who noted that is where the Retail Clerks have most of their registered nurse memberships. "In the Midwest we're just beginning." he said. He said Tlmei Herald, Carroll, la. | -J Wednesday, March 3, 1976 I / that in the five years he has been with the Retail Clerks the union has been actively involved in organization activity in the health-care field, which he calls "one of the fastest-growing segments of the work force in the country." The major reason for the increased activities. Hrubes said, is changes in federal laws affecting private non-profit health-care facilities and new state laws such as the Iowa Public Employes Relations Act which cover county and municipal hospitals. Despite what he called extensive campaigns in such areas as Davenport and Waterloo, the Retail Clerks do not have any collective bargaining units in Iowa with nurses under contracts, except at Charles City. He conceded he was unsuccessful in efforts to organize nurses in Mason City several years ago. The approximately 35 registered nurses at the Charles City hospital had the option of having an association separate from the union but voted to become part of the over-all unit, said Mezo in reference to the election held last November when the vote was 132 to 14 for union recognition and affiliation. A registered nurse at the hospital, who asked not to be identified, said the feeling among the nurses "at the time was that we would be more effective if we went as a whole unit rather than a separate association." Dua.ne Lodge, executive director of the Iowa Nurses Association, said there are "very few" instances in Iowa where nurses are members of a labor union. Lodge said nurses who are union members seem to be those whose husbands are union members or who themselves are "from union families." USDA CHOICE Savings on your Total Food Bill from Super Valu Here's savings you've been looking for! It's a perfect opportunity for you to stock up many of the products you use so often. 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