Earlier this week, Muskegon Family Care settled several unfair labor practice charges filed by the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) after Muskegon terminated four employees earlier this year. While the terms of the settlement were not made immediately available, a spokesperson for the union stated that the terminated employees would receive undisclosed sums of money, as well as neutral employment references.
The unfair labor practice charges were filed by the union back in March, after the four employees were allegedly retaliated against and terminated for looking into unionizing.
While this case has settled, AFSCME officials state that they are still regularly receiving calls from Muskegon employees looking to unionize. Without going into specifics, the official implicitly encouraged the employees to continue their efforts, noting that unionizing could ‘improve their working conditions.’
The union campaign still appears to be in its infancy since AFSCME has not filed an election petition. However, we will be watching this effort here closely, so stay tuned.