Nurses at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Wash., who are members of the Washington State Nurses Association, have voted "no confidence" in the CEO of their parent organization.
Pamela Devi Chandran, the union's chief negotiator and counsel, told Becker's 377 nurses — more than half of the bargaining unit — voted unanimously May 16 that they lacked confidence in Bill Robertson's ability to lead. The union represents about 750 nurses at MultiCare Good Samaritan, part of Tacoma, Wash.-based MultiCare Health System. Mr. Robertson helms the health system.
The vote comes as union members have been in negotiations with the hospital since February and have met for 15 sessions. For the last several sessions, a federal mediator has been involved in negotiations.