Workers at Truman Medical Centers and Encompass Medical Group are petitioning the federal National Labor Relations Board for an election for union recognition.

If successful, the workers from both TMC locations – Hospital Hill and Lakewood – as well as Encompass, which has primary care locations around the metro, would be part of the Service Employees International Union Healthcare Missouri. Workers announced their filing in a rally midday Wednesday near TMC’s Hospital Hill location in Kansas City.

According to a union spokesperson, would-be voting workers include patient care, mental health and certified medical technicians, as well as lab workers. Such workers have been trying for more than a year to organize their union and join approximately 300 hospital workers already part of SEIU Healthcare Missouri, according to the union.

The petition to vote comes shortly after workers delivered a petition to hospital administrators for hazard pay due to high exposure risks during the coronavirus pandemic.