Beaumont hospital settles anti-union allegations

Kelly Gooch –
Wednesday, September 9th, 2020
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Beaumont Health and the National Labor Relations Board have settled accusations of anti-union activities against the health systems health center in Royal Oak, Mich

” The Michigan Nurses Association formerly dropped or withdrew various charge claims it filed against Beaumont with the National Labor Relations Board. We are pleased to have actually reached a settlement with the NLRB regarding the remaining claims,” the health system stated..

We are deeply appreciative of the heroic work our nurses carry out every day.”

” MNA got to the hard choice to go back from officially organizing nurses at Beaumont for a union accreditation project,” Diane Goddeeris, Registered Nurse, interim executive director of the Michigan Nurses Association, stated in a statement to Beckers Hospital Review.

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Beaumont likewise provided a declaration to Beckers, stating it is pleased a settlement was reached.

The settlement comes from an arranging effort that was announced in April 2019, throughout which the Michigan Nurses Association submitted charges with the National Labor Relations Board..

” While we hope that Beaumonts settlement with the NLRB will make it reevaluate its actions in the future, our state and our nation need to discover concrete ways to prevent healthcare executives from continuing to use precious medical facility resources to silence the voice of nurses,” according to the declaration.

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Beaumont Health has not admitted wrongdoing.

” Beaumont invested a minimum of $1.77 million on hiring labor specialists prior to a pandemic, a few of whom were utilized with the express written function of stopping nurses from forming a union. It goes without saying that these resources could have been much better spent providing front-line health care workers with more PPE and enhancing staffing.

. The settlement, reached Aug. 28, requires Southfield, Mich.-based Beaumont to publish announcements of the settlement at the healthcare facility that specify the hospital will not limit employees lawfully secured rights, according to a message the Michigan Nurses Association sent to nurses.

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” Contrary to the unions misrepresentations, this settlement is not a determination or finding by the NLRB that Beaumont breached federal labor law. The notifications Beaumont is publishing as part of the settlement affirm our longstanding dedication to secure nurses rights under the law, including their right to support or to oppose unionization. We are deeply appreciative of the heroic work our nurses carry out every day.”

The grievance released by the NLRB as an outcome of these charges alleged that the healthcare facility victimized nurses due to the fact that of their union activities and interfered, pushed and limited them as they tried to unionize..

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The recent settlement fixes these claims, and the union stopped the union drive.