In a voluminous ruling issued last week, a National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge ruled that University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) violated the National Labor Relations Act by terminating four employees for engaging in protected and concerted activity.  The employees must be returned to work within two weeks of the ruling.

The ALJ also ordered UPMC to post a notice in prominent places at the hospital in order to inform workers that UPMC violated the NLRA.  The posting further explains that UPMC will not surveil employee conversations and will further not “coercively interrogate” employees with regards to their union activities.

A UPMC spokesman ripped the ALJ’s ruling in a short statement, but noted that the hospital was not surprised by the decision.

“That said, the findings were not unexpected. U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab has previously expressed his concern that the NLRB has become ‘the litigation arm of the union and a co-participant in the ongoing organization effort.’ We will pursue an appeal to the full Labor Board and are exploring other legal options.”

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