- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Roughly 1,200 medical technicians and service workers at Pittsburgh’s Allegheny General Hospital have voted to join the Service Employees International Union.

Officials with SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania say 83 percent of the service workers chose to unionize while 72 percent of the technicians did. The service workers include janitorial and food service employees and secretaries. The technicians include respiratory therapists, lab technicians and nursing assistants.

The hospital released a statement Thursday morning after the vote, saying, “Although we strongly believe that effective labor-management relations can be achieved without the influence of a third party, we also respect the right of employees to organize.”

The hospital says it’s committed to “a productive, collaborative relationship” with all employees.

The union planned to release other details at a news conference later Thursday.

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