IAM Nurses in Tennessee Fight for First Contract

The registered nurses at the Golden Living Center in Springfield, TN, are standing up to company officials who are preventing an IAM contract the nurses say will make their jobs better and improve life for the residents at the assisted-care facility.

Company representatives are refusing to negotiate a first contract for the registered nurses, who voted in late December for IAM representation. The IAM immediately filed an unfair labor practice (ULP) charge with the National Labor Relations Board to compel the company to bargain a first agreement as required by federal labor law.

“I’m very disappointed,” said Vicki Jones, a registered nurse at Golden Living Center, in an article in The Tennessean. “It’s a federal law. We can organize and they are fighting us tooth and nail. I used to be in the Army; I fought for the rights that our country has, and it makes me angry that someone’s trying to take that away from me.”

“The nurses are displaying the kind of determination that would make any union proud to have them as members,” said District 711 President and Directing Business Representative Ricky Wallace, who helped organize the group and filed the ULP charge on their behalf. “They know their rights and they are not about to be bullied or intimidated.”

Click here to read the full story in The Tennessean.