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1:35 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Court Supports Union At NM Hospital

A federal appeals court has flatly rejected a Las Vegas hospital's effort to nullify a union authorization vote it has been fighting since 2007.

The opinion by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., rejected all of Alta Vista Regional Hospital's arguments for throwing out the election results and calls its efforts stalling tactics.  Hospital officials have refused to recognize the union while losing at every legal effort to nullify the vote.

The hospital issued a statement late Tuesday saying it is considering its options and may appeal again.

Officials with the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees District 1199 NM hailed the ruling. President Fonda Osborn says he's already sent the hospital a certified letter asking to begin negotiations.

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Information from: Las Vegas Optic, http://www.lasvegasoptic.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.