Nurses in North Carolina are alleging that HCA Healthcare, the nation’s largest hospital corporation, is using the pandemic to unjustly delay a union election, The Intercept reported. 

HCA petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to delay the vote by 1,600 nurses, who filed their intent to hold the election in March. The Tennessee-based publicly traded company, which could receive as much as $4.7 billion in CARES Act benefits has hired union-busting consultants at $400 an hour to meet with nurses, according to the Intercept.

“Instead of HCA using those resources and money and effort to prepare for Covid-19 and have proper PPE, they chose to put it into union busting instead,” the news site quoted a registered nurse with Mission’s oncology research department, Sarah Kuhl, as saying. “I feel like that put us significantly behind to being adequately prepared for Covid-19.”

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