My guest on this podcast episode is Kelley Tyler, a trauma nurse working in Asheville, North Carolina. On Sept. 17, Kelley and her fellow nurses at Mission Hospital won a tremendous victory for organized labor when they voted in a landslide to be represented by a union.
It was the largest union victory at a nonunion hospital in the American South since 1975, and it was the first ever private-sector hospital union win in North Carolina history.
I don't want to understate this: That union victory was a big damn deal.
If you want to read some more about the Asheville nurses' landmark victory, here’s a summary from The Intercept and an insightful interview with several of the nurses that was published by Jacobin shortly before the vote. I know there's a lot to despair about right now, but this is cause for rejoicing in my book.
Up the nurses. Up the workers. Solidarity forever, y'all.
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Photos courtesy of National Nurses United. Kelley is the one at the top speaking into a megaphone.