As pandemic rages, nurses at Lawrence General Hospital file complaints with NLRB in a bid to correct management’s failure to negotiate in good faith in contract talks

AIs accuse management’s illegal negotiation tactics are particularly unhelpful in carrying out negotiations while focusing on caring for the Greater Lawrence community

LAURENT, Mass., December 6, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The five hundred registered nurses working at Lawrence General Hospital, and who are unionized with the Massachusetts Nurses Association, today filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board, citing the failure to the hospital to negotiate in good faith during the current contract is in talks between the union and management.

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Negotiating since September, nurses face hurdles from management on several issues that are not complex or controversial negotiating topics, but rather fundamental issues that are legally considered “mandatory negotiating subjects”. notably :

  • Failure to provide information: Nurses asked for basic information on health insurance and staffing grids, which management flatly refused to provide. The MNA accuses this in violation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

  • Failure to negotiate working conditions for a new staggered unit: The hospital is closing some intensive care beds and moving them to a new “intermediate care unit”. The hospital refuses to negotiate with the nurses on the staffing and working conditions of this unit, which is required by law.

“Sometimes in negotiations the union and management hit a roadblock on a really complicated issue,” said Laurie Spheekas, IA and president of the nurses bargaining unit. “These are not complicated problems. These are basic issues that are protected by the NLRA. “

“We are confident that the National Labor Relations Board will side with us,” added Spheekas. “In the meantime, we have to face a management team that wants to devote their time and energy to creating controversy over something that is absolutely uncontroversial.”

Spheekas commented that nurses strive to work with management, adding that they are not asking for anything excessive or complex. “We are facing a pandemic and the Omicron variant is looming,” she added. “Management must stop using these illegal tactics. It’s an unnecessary distraction at a time when people of greater Laurent rely on us. We have an excellent staff of nurses who are professional and dedicated to the utmost Laurent community. The goal is to ensure that the hospital negotiates in good faith a new contract that retains these nurses so that we can continue to provide the best quality care to our patients. “ ?? ?? ??

Founded in 1903, the Massachusetts Nurses Association is the largest union of registered nurses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Its 23,000 members advance the nursing profession by encouraging high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general well-being of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and lobbying. the legislature and regulatory bodies on health issues affecting nurses. and the public.



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