(LEWISTON, Idaho) – By a vote of 157 to 44, registered nurses at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho, voted to join Teamsters Local 690 in Spokane, Wash.

The nurses voted on Wednesday, April 10 and Thursday, April 11. There are 225 nurses in the bargaining unit.

The nurses are seeking safe staffing levels for their patients, affordable and quality health insurance, job security and an end to the erosion of their benefits.

“As Teamsters, we will have a stronger voice to make sure our patients receive the excellent care they deserve,” said Joe Thon, a nurse at the hospital for 14 years. “We also will address job security and protection of our benefits.”