August 11, 2008

Dates Announced for Union Vote at Stanford/Packard Hospitals

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will hold an election on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11 to determine representation for 1,450 employees at Stanford Hospital & Clinics (SHC) and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (LPCH).

"We are pleased that an election has been scheduled," said Lori Curry, vice president of human resources for Stanford Hospital & Clinics. "The Hospitals fully respect the right of our employees to select union representation or to remain independent. Both the law and fairness requires this National Labor Relations Board election."

Employees will vote by secret ballot with polling places at both Stanford and Packard hospitals. The NLRB will facilitate and oversee the election and the Hospitals and union will each have employee representatives present to observe the voting process. The vote results will be determined after the polls close on Sept. 11.

"We remain committed to providing our formerly represented employees with factual information so that they can make the best, informed decision about what is right for them," said Greg Souza, vice president of human resources for Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. The Hospitals have launched, an online resource that provides timely and accurate information regarding labor representation.

SEIU Local 715 had been representing approximately 1,450 housekeepers, food service workers, nursing assistants, phlebotomists, unit secretaries, transporters and employees in non-technical and non-professional titles at the hospitals. Because the International Union directed the leadership of Local 715 to transfer employee representation to United Healthcare Workers without the employees' consent, the Hospitals were left with no option but to withdraw recognition of Local 715 effective July 28, 2008.

About Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

Ranked as one of the nation's top pediatric hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford is a 272-bed hospital devoted to the care of children and expectant mothers. Providing pediatric and obstetric medical and surgical services and associated with the Stanford University School of Medicine, Packard Children's offers patients locally, regionally and nationally the full range of health care programs and services, from preventive and routine care to the diagnosis and treatment of serious illness and injury. For more information, visit

About Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Stanford Hospital & Clinics is known worldwide for advanced treatment of complex disorders in areas such as cardiac care, cancer treatment, neurosciences, surgery, and organ transplants. Ranked #16 on the U.S. News & World Report annual list of "America's Best Hospitals," Stanford Hospital & Clinics is internationally recognized for translating medical breakthroughs into the care of patients. The Hospital is part of the Stanford University Medical Center, along with the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. For more information, visit