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Munson Medical Center Polls to Close on Nurses Voting Whether to Unionize

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Time is running out for Munson Medical Center nurses to cast the vote that may determine their future.

The deadline is Thursday at 9 p.m.

More than 1,000 nurses are expected to vote on whether or not they want to form a union.

It’s been a month-long process that began when the Michigan Nurses Association accused the hospital of unfair labor practices.

Nurses may finally have an answer on a decision that will have a big impact on Munson Medical Center and staff.

The idea of becoming a union has been brought up over the years, but it has never come this far.

Some concerns from nurses in favor of a union have been staffing issues and their voices not being heard.

But those against becoming a union say they have a great relationship with the staff here and think this could change that in a negative way.

No matter which side they are on, Munson Medical Center has been encouraging everyone to get out and vote.

Intensive Care Nurse Jessica Torrey says she thinks the vote will be in favor of the union.

“I think it's going to be a great turn out,” she says. “The numbers of people coming out to vote will—whatever way this goes—make a true reflection of what the majority of us nurses want. I think it's going to be for the union.”

Registered Nurse Carol Lovely says she fears a union will change the workplace’s environment.

“I hope, whatever way it turns out, the environment I came here for doesn't change much,” she says. “But I'm fearful if we have a union come in that it will.”

9&10 News will continue bringing you the latest until the polls close at 9, and of course the decision that we could find out shortly after that.