A group of over 200 workers at the Oregon Veterans Home in Lebanon, Oregon, will vote on whether to remain unionized. Mail ballots go out Aug. 13 and are due back
Aug. 27 Sept. 10.
It was just last year—May 20, 2019— that workers there voted 75 to 63 to join United Steel Workers of America (USW).
USW District 12 subdistrict director Ron Rodgers says as the union and management neared agreement on a first contract, anti-union workers roamed the halls with decertification petitions, while union supporters were told not to talk about the union at work.
USW has for years represented a veterans nursing home run by the same non-profit in The Dalles, Oregon.
The Lebanon location was the site of one of the first COVID outbreaks in Oregon; 38 residents and workers were infected, and 8 residents died.