Union-controlled NLRB rules in favor of SEIU & NNU over employee complaint
August 31st 2010 · 0 Comments
Pact between KC hospital, unions can stand, labor board says
RANDOLPH HEASTER | The Kansas City Star
August 30, 2010
A federal agency has dismissed complaints against the owner of Research Medical Center and two unions, finding nothing wrong with an agreement reached amid an organizing drive.
The National Right to Work Foundation, which helped a nurse at Research Medical Center file the charges, said it would appeal the decision of the Overland Park office of the National Labor Relations Board.
Meanwhile, one of those unions, SEIU Healthcare Missouri/Kansas, is proceeding with an election today. In a vote conducted by the NLRB, nearly 650 service employees at Research will have a chance to decide whether they want union representation.
The NLRB dismissed complaints filed by Mary Hill, a nurse at the hospital who charged that workers who opposed the organizing campaign did not get the same access as union supporters to facilities and co-workers when discussing the matter. HCA Midwest, the hospital’s owner, had signed a neutrality agreement with SEIU Healthcare and National Nurses United, while the two unions sought worker signatures asking for representation elections.
Anthony Riedel, a spokesman for the National Right to Work Foundation, an organization that has been highly critical of organized labor, said Hill’s complaints have had an impact despite the NLRB’s initial finding.
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