December 30, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Napa Valley, CA – The National Labor Relations Board on Dec. 22 rejected a challenge by Queen of the Valley Medical Center here to its employees’ vote to join the National Union of Healthcare Workers.
Management had charged that union members had threatened and bullied other workers before the vote, but the NLRB said it hadn’t provided enough details to merit a hearing, and that the burden of proof needed to overturn an election “is heavier where, as here, the vote margin is large.” Service and technical workers, including nursing assistants, housekeepers, dietary aides, and respiratory therapists, had voted 202-132 in November to join the NUHW, with 12 voided ballots and 33 challenged ballots. St. Joseph Health, Queen’s parent company, is considering an appeal. “It’s time for Queen administrators to stop wasting time and resources to undermine the will of their employees and instead focus on settling a fair contract that addresses caregivers’ concerns regarding working conditions and standards of care,” NUHW spokesperson Justin DeFreitas responded Dec. 23. Read more