Board Seeks Injunction to Force Hospital Back to Bargaining Table: R.J. Ignelzi of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the National Labor Relations Board will be heading to federal court to seek an injunction that would force Fallbrook Hospital back to the bargaining table. Fallbrook has been negotiating with its nurses off and on since the nurses voted to be represented by the California Nurses Association last year.
In a 24-page decision outlining Fallbrook's failings, an Administrative Law Judge found that Fallbrook had engaged in a pattern of "intransigence" with regards to CBA negotiations. Moreover, the ALJ also held that Fallbrook had illegally fired several nurses without first negotiating with the union. We will keep you posted as this injunction action moves through the legal process.
AFSCME Patient-Care Workers Set to Strike: ABC10News reports that as of this morning thousands of patient care technical workers at University of California hospitals are set to walk off the job in a concerted push for a new contract. The employees, represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), plan to return to work on Thursday after two days of protests.
The hospital, in a short statement, expressed regret that the employees would be going on strike, particularly due to the effect it would have on patient care. We will keep you updated with any further developments.
Childcare Union Bill Set for Governor Dayton's Signature: Megan Boldt of the Pioneer Press reports that, after two days of tense and emotional debate, a bill that would allow Minnesota childcare providers and personal care attendants to unionize passed the House and is headed to the Governor's desk for a signature. The bill passed the House by a 68-66 vote and had earlier passed in the Senate by a 35-32 margin.
The bill received strong opposition from Republicans in both the House and Senate, while Democrats overwhelmingly supported the legislation. Once Governor Dayton signs the bill, which is expected before the end of the week, expect both the SEIU and AFSCME to descend upon the State in order to begin organizing efforts. We will certainly keep you posted.