April 15, 2015
Nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center have filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board accusing the hospital of bargaining in bad faith and illegally limiting union representatives’ access to workers. “They are following people around with security and they are standing nearby so that you can’t have a private conversation,” said Jan Rodolfo, Midwest director of National Nurses United.
“We think they’re both surveilling the interactions that union members are having, and are making a unilateral change to our right to access to the hospital.” The nurses have been working without a contract for five months. The union says staffing levels are dangerously low, and the hospital wants to raise health-care premiums, reduce the night-shift differential, and start a two-tier system for new employees’ pay and benefits. The nurses voted in January to authorize a one-day strike. Read more