Silliman University rank and file wokers have decided anew to unionize. Two groups of employees at the Silliman University Medical Center-Foundation, Inc. (SUMC-FI) are forming themselves into labor unions following the conduct of a certification election late last week.
Out of a total of 296 rank and file employees, 251 voted yes to form a union, with only three employees who are against and 20 considered as challenge votes from so-called confidential employees and 22 were absent.
On the certification election with supervisory employees, 27 votes yes, two on the negative side and 20 are challenge votes. The Association of Professional Supervisory Officers Technical Employees Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (APSOTEU-TUCP) is headed by Marivic Salvacion while the SUMC-FI employees union-ALU-TUCP is headed by Bonner Garth Bartoces.
The certification election was witnessed by Department of Labor representative Kendrick Villaluz and lawyers of management.
ALU-TUCP district officer Felizardo Calimpong said the two groups wanted to be recognized as sole and exclusive bargaining agents with management and as such will have the right to negotiate with the latter.
Under the law, management is given five days or more to contest or protest the certification election.jg. (by Juancho Rodriguez)