Union files labor claim against Valley, Deaconess hospitals




Posted on January 31, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 31 at 9:21 AM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- Hospital workers filed an unfair labor claim against Valley and Deaconess hospitals.

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The Service Employees International Union claimed workers were intimidated not to join picket lines and members were "grilled" about union activities when the union went on strike in December.  The strike was called over accusations staffing levels made care at the hospitals unsafe.  Union officials also said there was no effort to bargain in good faith, and a lock-out itself was against fair labor practice law.

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“There's been no talks.  We’ve been trying to get bargain dates and they have refused [all] of them.  I really don’t even think they’ve responded,” said  Valley Hospital SEIU RN Angela Crigger.

The SEIU filed an unfair labor claim with the National Labor Relations Board.

A Deaconess spokesperson said unfair labor charges are fairly common during union bargaining and that an unfair labor claim can take months to process.

Valley and Deaconess are both owned by Tennessee-based Community Health Systems.
Meanwhile, the SEIU has also taken legislation to Olympia - House Bill 1095 - which would establish minimum required staffing levels for hospitals around Washington state.