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Morton Hospital workers back union

The overwhelming majority of nearly 500 employees at Morton Hospital in Taunton have voted to join Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union, in what union officials described as the largest union organizing vote of the year in Massachusetts.

Workers taking part in the vote at the 152-bed Taunton hospital included respiratory therapists, radiology technicians, licensed practical nurses, nurse assistants, housekeepers, environmental services workers, and dietary workers, according to the union.

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Morton is owned by Boston-based Steward Health Care System, a for-profit group of 10 community hospitals and other health care facilities across eastern Massachusetts.

Employees at seven other Steward hospitals have previously voted to affiliate with the SEIU.

Robert Weisman can be reached at weisman@globe.com.
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