Planned Parenthood workers in five states vote to unionize

Minneapolis, Minnesota - Planned Parenthood workers in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota have voted to form a union!

Planned Parenthood North Central States workers have successfully voted to unionize.
Planned Parenthood North Central States workers have successfully voted to unionize.  © ANGELA WEISS / AFP

Planned Parenthood North Central States workers announced on Twitter they had won their union with a landslide 238-26 victory on Thursday.

"This victory is a huge turning point for us and reproductive health care workers everywhere. Because it’s us who actually makes these clinics run," Sage Shemroske, a health care worker in Minneapolis, told the Minnesota Reformer.

The workers, including nurses, education outreach workers, community organizers, and more, went public with their intent to unionize in May.

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Many said they were concerned about inadequate pay and staffing ratios in place at Planned Parenthood facilities.

They only expected matters to get worse after the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and the recent slew of anti-abortion laws passed in Republican-controlled states. The new restrictions are already putting an added strain on abortion clinics, with workers forced to pick up the slack.

With their successful union vote, Planned Parenthood North Central States has now joined Oregon, Washington, New York, and Washington DC in winning Service Employees International Union (SEIU) representation.

Earlier this month, four Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts locations also voted to join the SEIU.

Cover photo: ANGELA WEISS / AFP

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