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Nurses Union files additional complaint against hospital


FEBRUARY 2011 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Nurses Union files additional complaint against hospital


REGION, January 26th- The union that represents nurses employed at Wilkes-Barre General Hosptial, which does business as the Wyoming Valley Health Care System, River Street in Wilkes-Barre, filed another complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging the Employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professional (PASNAP) Union of Conshohocken Pennsylvania, represents approximately 440 nurses employed at the medical center. The Union also represents nurses employed at the Community Medical Center (CMC) on Mulberry Street in Scranton.

PASNAP and Community Health Systems (CHS) Inc., which owns the medical center, have been negotiating for more than twenty months attempting to gain a successor labor contract agreement. The previous pact expired on August 30th, 2009.

The Tennessee based CHS Inc. is the largest owner of for-profit hospitals in the United States.

The Union filed multiple labor complaint’s with the National Labor Relations Board in Philadelphia in the spring however the Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges were dismissed by the agency ruling the complaints lacked merit.

However, the NLRB found merit in a PASNAP Unfair Labor Practice charge alleging the Employer has withdrawn its agreement to specific bargaining proposals and has done so because of previous ULP’s filed by the Union.

On November 30th, 2010 the Union filed a ULP against the Employer which was at least the fifth ULP filed by the Union against the Employer during 2010.

The most recent complaint, which was filed on January 25th, 2011, states “since on or about August 11th, 2010, the above-named employer, by its officers, agents and representatives, has conditioned a collective bargaining agreement on the Charging Party waiving its right to bargain over mandatory subjects of bargaining.”

The Employer has changed other terms and conditions of work.

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