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Equitas Health employees form union with Ohio Federation of Teachers

The Equitas Health King-Lincoln Medical Center, 750 E Long St, Columbus, photographed on Friday, October 15, 2021.

Equitas Health workers voted to form a union with the Ohio Federation of Teachers, according to election results released Monday by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

The tally was 62-45, which translates to about 58% of valid ballots cast in favor of the union.

The Equitas Health Workers United bargaining unit includes about 175 social workers, counselors, therapists, advocates, case managers and others who work for the LGBTQ healthcare provider, which has 500 employees and offices across Ohio.

Erin Koosed, a Medical Health Advocate at Equitas Health’s Toledo office, said the win felt “surreal” for staff members.

“I can’t believe this happened,” said Koosed, 41, of Whitehouse, Ohio. “We did this. We worked really hard for this, and now it’s real.”

In a statement to The Dispatch, Equitas Health said it respected the employees’ decision.

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