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Hospital union votes in St. Louis set stage for tense talks

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 13, 2012
Nurses at St. Louis University Hospital and Des Peres Hospital recently pulled off rare votes to organize workers at local health institutions. Collective bargaining talks have begun, and may not be easy. Nurses want not only increased pay and benefits, but also improved staffing ratios they say will enhance the quality of patient care. The votes came against a backdrop of setbacks for unionization efforts at local hospitals in recent years.