Unity Unionizes

This post will contain articles, documents and information about the unionization of Unity Center, Legacy Health’s psychiatric Emergency Service.

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Unity Center Nurses Allowed to Hold Union Election
Portland Mercury, June 12 2019

Unity Center nurses get go-ahead for union election
Portland Business Journal, June 13 2019

Legacy issued the following statement:

“We disagree with this ruling and intend to appeal the decision. We remain steadfast in our position that Unity Center is part of Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, as evidenced by the Joint Commission survey at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Unity Center and Randall Children’s Hospital currently underway this week. We value our employees and the opportunity to speak directly with them on all matters related to the care of our patients.”

Legacy Health fighting Unity Center union
Portland Tribune, May 29 2019

Sarah Mittleman, a psychiatric emergency nurse for Unity who attended the NLRB hearing May 23, said she isn’t surprised by Legacy’s lack of cooperation with the nurses’ wishes.

“They don’t seem to value our opinion as nurses,” she said. “So why would that be any different when we organize?”

Nurses at embattled Portland psychiatric center intend to unionize
Oregonian, May 15 2019

Nurses at Portland psychiatric hospital take step to unionize
Portland Business Journal, May 13 2019

Unity Center Nurses Want to Improve the Troubled Psychiatric Emergency Clinic. So They’re Unionizing
Mercury, May 14 2019

Nurses at Unity Center for Behavioral Health Move to Unionize
Lund Report, May 2019


Oregon Nurses Association – Unity Center for Behavioral Health

Newsletter #1, May 15, 2019

Newsletter #2, May 19, 2019

Newsletter #3, May 24, 2019

Newsletter #5, June 10, 2019

Newsletter #6 – June 12, 2019

Newsletter #7 – June 15, 2019


Legacy Health v. Oregon Nurses Association

Decision and Direction of Election – June 12, 2019 (PDF)