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Complaint filed against CMC Hospital being investigated

01.28.10

January 2010 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Complaint filed against CMC Hospital being investigated

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, December 20th- The complaint filed by the union that represents nurses at the Community Medical Center (CMC) on Mulberry Street in Scranton is under investigation a source confirmed to the newspaper.

In the previous edition of the newspaper it was reported the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) Union, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, filed a Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge against the CMC on October 28th, 2009 alleging the employer violated Section 8 (a), subsections (1) and (3) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

The complaint was filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four Office in Philadelphia.

PASNAP is affiliated with the California Nurses Association (CNA) and represents nurses at the CMC and the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital on North River Street in Wilkes-Barre. The union has failed to gain a successor contract agreement with Community Health Systems (CHS) which owns and operates the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. CHS is the largest owner of for-profit hospitals in the country. The previous agreement expired on August 30th and the union represents approximately 450 nurses at the medical center.

Of the three medical centers in Scranton, Moses Taylor Hospital is the only one that does not have any unionized employees. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Healthcare Pennsylvania, formerly called SEIU 1199P, represents workers including nurses at the Mercy Hospital on Jefferson Avenue.

According to a source at the NLRB, the agency will soon determine if there is merit in PASNAP’s claim CMC officials violated the NLRAct.

According to information provided on the ULP, the union alleges the employer, by its officers, agents, and representatives terminated Elizabeth Webber because of her activities on behalf of PASNAP, and because she engaged in concerned activities with other employees of the CMC for the purposes of mutual aid and protection, and in order to discourage membership in the union.

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