The Massachusetts Nurses Association will stay at St. Vincent Hospital, after nurses voted 302 to 133 in favor of retaining the union.

“We feel exuberant, amazing. Totally vindicated and ready to move forward,” Marlena Pellegrino, a longtime nurse and co-chair of the bargaining unit said in an interview following Monday’s vote count. “This has been a grueling battle, but we maintained our honor and dignity and union rights we’ve fought for for 22 years, it could make you cry.”

Ballots reading “Do you wish to be represented for purposes of collective bargaining by MNA?” were counted separately Monday by the National Labor Relations Board — first the “yes” votes and then the “no” votes.

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