Sherwood Cox

Sherwood Cox

Owner, Editor at Stopunions.com

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Critical-Care Registered Nurse, Trauma Clinician  - Orange County Global Medical Center (formerly Western Medical Center Santa Ana)

Staff Registered Nurse  - Western Medical Center

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Sherwood Cox - Exposing "Neutrality Agreement" Hypocrisy

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Sherwood Cox - Exposing "Neutrality Agreement" Hypocrisy
Sherwood Cox, a critical-care nurse and a trauma clinician, has worked in the healthcare industry almost his entire life. Throughout his career, his admiration for the special relationship nurses develop with their patients motivated him to help those in need and become the best nurse possible. But in 2003, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) launched a campaign to impose unionization on employees at the Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, California, where he works. Sherwood found himself fighting not only for the patients he cared for, but for the other nurses he worked alongside. Although the SEIU union's organizing efforts failed, soon afterwards Sherwood and other nurses found themselves targets of a coercive California Nurses Association (CNA) union organizing scheme. Without warning, the CNA union and Sherwood's employer (Tenet Heath Care) entered into a so-called "neutrality agreement," which granted union officials extraordinary access to employees, including access to hundreds of nurses' personal information. Outraged and armed with information about the negative effects of compulsory unionism and so-called "neutrality agreements," Sherwood distributed informative flyers to his coworkers. However, CNA union operatives quickly tried to intimidate Sherwood by sending a flyer to the homes of hundreds of his fellow nurses. The flyer thuggishly depicted him as being a "puppet of management" and portrayed a squashed nurse dripping from his shoe. Many nurses were outraged with the CNA union's tactics, and Sherwood was heartened to learn that his coworkers formally rejected the "representation" of CNA union officials. However, fearing for his safety, Sherwood turned to the National Right to Work Foundation for help. Since 2004, Foundation attorneys have helped Sherwood file numerous unfair labor practice charges against his employer and the CNA union. During the CNA union's final election drive, Sherwood - along with two National Labor Relations Board representatives, three union organizers, and hospital management - witnessed the counting of votes. In the end, a majority of nurses again voted against forced unionization of the hospital. By maintaining a website (www.stopunions.com) Sherwood continues to protect his and all other employees' right to choose or reject unionization. Brief of Amici Curiae National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation and Sherwood Cox

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Terri Hosbond RN, UCLA; Suzanne Geimer RN, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Sherwood Cox RN, Western Medical Center Santa Ana encourage professional nurses to use their own voices to effect change

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