Early Thursday morning, in a vote of965 to 411, nurses at Mission Hospital voted to unionize + join National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union for RNs (registered nurses). Nurses will next elect a team to represent them in contract negotiations.
Here’s what unionization means for the 1,600+ nurses who work at the Mission / St. Joseph’s Hospital campus in Asheville –
• They’ll have collective bargaining power over benefits and working conditions. • No dues will be required from members due to NC’s status as a right-to-work state. • Hospital management must bargain “in good faith” with National Nurses United. • Next up will be the development of a first contract between NNU and HCA, which will detail conditions + benefits. The average time between the decision to unionize and the first contract is three years.
Nurses have been working for over a year on unionization efforts, beginning shortly after HCA Healthcare purchased the Mission Hospital system in a $1.5 billion deal.
The anonymous vote was conducted over mail and counted by the National Labor Relations Board. This is the largest union election win at any nonunion hospital in the South since1975, and the first at any private sector hospital in NC. Ballot counting lasted into the early hours of Thursday morning.
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Closed ○ Tasty Beverage Company(162 Coxe Ave. #101) is closing. They will be offering 10% off their stock over the next couple of weeks. Online orders are available for pickup or local delivery. 🍺 ○ Half Moon Market(151 S. Ridgeway Ave., Black Mountain) has closed. The corner store sold local + organic wares, plus fresh farm produce, crafts + more. 💐
Announced ○ This week marks the start of UNC Asheville’s GreenFest, a semi-annual celebration of sustainability + community that will include virtual + in-person events. On Wed., Sept. 23, Sapna Mulki, host of the Breaking Green Ceilings podcast, will host a free virtual webinar on building a career in the environmental profession. On-campus events include yoga, bird walks, plant shares + more. 🌿
Civic ○ Buncombe County officials are working to ensure all residents in the county have access to broadband internet through funding broadband expansion projects. Now, a group will be formed that will craft proposals to network providers asking formally for cooperation + support of the expansion. Get the scoop on broadband access challenges in the area here. 💻 (WLOS) ○ Of the 31 Asheville Police Department officers who have resigned since June, 18 were sergeants or senior officers, and Police Chief David Zack says he expects more resignations. In 2019, 20 police officers in total left the department. No officers have left because of retirement. DYK: Senior officers have been on the force for three or more years, while sergeants are the top line of management. 🚓 (Asheville Citizen-Times)
State ○ Genetically engineered crops (GECs) will now be allowed in national wildlife refuges across the Southeast, including in NC. This decision comes after years of GECs being limited or banned outright due to concerns about how genetically modified seeds would affect wildlife — however, researchers report they have found little evidence of GECs having negative impacts on fauna. 🦌 (Carolina Public Press)
Holiday ○ Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown tonight, marking the first two days of the Jewish New Year. Celebrations typically include the sounding of the shofar, sharing delicacies such as pomegranate and challah + performing Tashlich. ProTip: Chabad House is offering to-go boxes for the holiday, which include challah, grape juice, honey cake, noodle kugel + more. 🕯
Health ○ Mission Health will no longer provide services in Biltmore Park and Candler beginning Oct. 30. Patients who receive care at these locations will be transitioned to other providers nearby. Mission My Care Now will stay open. 🏥 (WLOS)
Dish ○ This sounds like the picnic of our dreams. On Sept. 27, Darë Vegan Cheese + Hominy Farm are cohosting Breads and Spreads, a celebration of local fare + vegan cuisine. Participants will get a seasonal vegan cheese board for four that features Darë vegan cheeses, Hominy Farm breads, and farm-fresh fruit, veggies, ferments + jams to enjoy with a view of Pisgah National Forest. Register ($80 for four)here. 🧺
WaterCooler ○ Hey all you Tarheels born + bred. If you’re a fan of UNC basketball and team coach (and former Ashevillian)Roy Williams, bookmark these 15 questions about his life + experience, which include anecdotes about Michael Jordan, Roy’s biggest coaching influences, and his “desert island” movie picks. 🏀 (Daily Tar Heel)
TheBuy ○ This year’s fall Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands will happen virtually on Nov. 12-15. The 73rd Craft Fair will feature 90 exhibitors working in traditional + contemporary fine craft in multiple mediums. Shoppers can buy directly from artists, see videos of craft demos, interact with artists on their live streams + more. 🛍
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Events ○ Downtown After 5 | Fri., Sept. 18 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Watch The Fritz and Jonathan Scales Fourchestra at the Downtown After 5 Asheville Facebook page or at IamAVL.com. New outdoor venue Rabbit Rabbit will also be streaming the event. 🎸 ○ Virtual Screening: The Fight| Fri., Sept 18 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | $12 | Connect Beyond teams up with the Fine Arts Theatre for a screening and Q+A with filmmaker Eli Despres, ACLU lawyer Dale Ho + more. The film won the Sundance US Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking. 🎥 ○ Paella Cooking Class | Sun., Sept. 19 | 4-7 p.m. | Asheville Mountain Kitchen, 332 E. Sondley Dr. | Single $70, Double $120 | Learn how to make a traditional seafood paella dish + crèma Catalán with Asheville Mountain Kitchen. Book in advance as there are limited spots. 🥘
FeaturedEvent ○ Online Auction for Full Estate of Antique Finds | Fri., Oct 18 – Tues., Oct 22 | Auction ends at 5 p.m. on Tues. | Free | Virtual | Join Sterling Transitions for an online auction of unique items from a beautiful estate just north of Asheville. Items to bid on start at $10. Ⓟ
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Gan Shan Westchefs Patrick O’Cain and Raymond Hui were recently spotlighted on Garden + Gun Magazine’s Instagram in an IGTV video. The chefs whipped up their “eat it anytime” scallion noodles + showcased how easy the dish is to make at home. A traditional Chinese street food, these noodles can be eaten for lunch, dinner + even breakfast. Talk about using your noodle.🍜
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○ Check out the latest COVID-19 stats for NC from the Department of Health and Human Serviceshere. As of Thursday afternoon, 2,808 cases and 76 deaths have been reported in Buncombe County.
○ On Sept. 16., Buncombe County Schools Board of Education voted to continue remote learning through the end of the fall semester for high school + early college students. This reverseslast week’s decision, when the board voted for early college + grade K-12 to return to in-person instruction using an A/B hybrid learning model. Students in grades K-8 will remain on a hybrid schedule. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
○ Unlike other universities in the state like UNC Chapel Hill + UNC Charlotte, Western Carolina University hasn’t had to change plans due to coronavirus outbreaks. The university is pleased by its low numbers of COVID-19 cases among students, faculty + staff. Officials attribute the success to their prevention campaign, Catamounts Care. The initiative includes avoiding large gatherings, maintaining social distance, wearing a mask + washing your hands. (WLOS)
○ From labor to specialty items, area chefs are still dealing with shortages due to the pandemic. Whereas some eateries, like the Lobster Trap, have struggled to source ingredients like oysters + lobsters, most area restaurants share trouble finding workers. And because both the amount used + prices have risen, many are also struggling to keep enough plastic gloves on hand. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
○ Yesterday, Gov. Roy Cooper announced limited Plan A reopening guidelines for K-5 students. This means districts have the option to fully return its youngest students.Under the revised guidelines, there will be no capacity limits, but staff + students will still be required to wear face masks and have health screenings + daily temperature checks.Any of the state’s 115 districts + charter schools can continue to operate under Plan B(splitting time between remote + in-person learning) or Plan C(fully remote). (The Fayetteville Observer)
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How are you prepping for the fall temps this weekend? 🍂 Editor Ali is snuggling in her favorite flannel and planning to make a big pot of chicken + dumplings (her grandma’s recipe, of course), and Editor Brook plans to make some crockpot granola + vegan Shepherd’s pie (she expects both to last approximately 33 minutes around her child).
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