The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has filed new charges in its dispute with Mayo Clinic Health System Albert Lea. the National Labor Relations Board has found merit to the charges. Employees were locked out during Christmas after participating in a one-day strike over contract negotiations. Mayo management has been actively interfering with and discouraging members from discussing negotiations and holding meetings. It has blocked members from posting notices on bulletin boards and disciplined a strike leader for talking about the lockout in a break room.
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Hospital Ratifies First Union Contract
Nearly four years after the initial voting took place to join the Service Employees International Union (United Healthcare Workers West in 2014), more than 500 employees at Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center in Riverside, California, ratified their first contract.
The hospital initially contested the vote, but was forced to recognize the union in November 2016. Among the goals of the workers was to improve patient care by having a voice in decisions affecting them every day. The contract will also allow the hospital to attract and retain quality workers.