Nurses Accuse Union of Pressure Tactics in Hospital Organizing Drive

The Daily Signal | 8/13/2019 | Staff
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MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania—Staffers who took down pro-union signs posted without authorization in their hospital were injured by staples “turned around backward” and “held in place by mustard,” nurses say.

The nurses, who spoke with The Daily Signal about a union rally last week near the entrance to St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, said the way the signs were put up was deliberate.

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“This was meant to injure anyone who took down the signs,” said one nurse, who asked not to be named. “We are having union propaganda plastered all over our walls and slid under our doors.”

“Union officials are also visiting nurses at their private homes,” the nurse said. “There’s a lot of coercion and a lot of efforts made to intimidate.”

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The accusation that union posters were hung in a way meant to injure anyone is “false and defamatory,” a union spokesman told The Daily Signal.

For the past several months, union posters and signs have been hung on walls and doors at St. Mary’s as part of a larger effort to prod nurses into joining a union, an official with Trinity Health, the hospital’s parent company, told The Daily Signal on background.

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“We certainly could file a labor complaint, but instead we decided we wanted to avoid a protracted legal battle. And we wanted the nurses to make their own decision about whether to join a union,” the Trinity Health official said.

“Rather than tolerating these union tactics and the constant intimidation of employees who may not want to join the union, we petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to hold an election, and they accepted our petition,” the official said.

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The National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency responsible for supervising union elections, also enforces federal laws on collective bargaining and unfair labor practices.

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