Judge says Affinity Medical Center must reinstate nurse, recognize union

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    A federal judge has ordered Affinity Medical Center to bargain with its registered nurses and to reinstate a nurse who was terminated after nurses voted to join a union in 2012.

    The ruling, issued Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge John Adams of the Northern Ohio District, is the third injunction within a year against affiliates of Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, for violations of federal labor law, according to a news release from the National Nurses Organizing Committee in Ohio. NNOC is an affiliate of National Nurses United....

    ... Ann Wayt must be offered in writing reinstatement to her former job. "The evidence demonstrates reasonable cause to determine ... unfair labor practice with regard to Ms. Wayt," according to the order.The judge also ordered an end to disciplining, discharging and reporting employees to the State Board of Nursing because of union "activities, sympathies or support" and to stop threats of harm to registered nurses who submit forms to management objecting to unsafe patient care assignments. Copies of the ruling are to be posted at the hospital and read to employees, according to the order.

    Read more: http://www.cantonrep.com/article/201...#ixzz2t9K17Q8e

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    Perhaps this nurses will get his job back too: http://allnurses.com/collective-barg...ty-905609.html
    laborer and Sisyphus like this.
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    One step in the right direction.
    laborer, herring_RN, and OC_An Khe like this.
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    Live better - work union!!!!!
    laborer, ceccia, and herring_RN like this.
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    Good for her. But in reality, won't they (Affinity) just put a target on Ann's back, and scrutinize her every move in order to justify terminating her for another reason? It can't make for a comfortable working relationship.
    BrnEyedGirl, laborer, and Guttercat like this.
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    Quote from Sam J.
    Good for her. But in reality, won't they (Affinity) just put a target on Ann's back, and scrutinize her every move in order to justify terminating her for another reason? It can't make for a comfortable working relationship.
    I would think they would tread carefully. They have already been found guilty of unfair labor practice. The last thing they would need to is a suit claiming a hostile work environment.
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    Nurse returns to Affinity after judge rules reinstatement

    A registered nurse was greeted with paper lanterns, bag pipes, flowers and supporters Thursday morning as she returned to work at Affinity Medical Center more than a year after being terminated by the hospital....

    ... The judge also ordered an end to disciplining, discharging and reporting employees to the State Board of Nursing because of union "activities, sympathies or support" and to stop threats of harm to registered nurses who submit forms to management objecting to unsafe patient care assignments.

    Susan Koosh, vice president of marketing and community relations at Affinity, provided an emailed statement on behalf of the hospital: "Out of respect for the court, we will comply with all aspects of the ruling."...

    Read more: http://www.cantonrep.com/article/201...#ixzz2tJvxqla1
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    Quote from herring_RN
    Nurse returns to Affinity after judge rules reinstatement

    A registered nurse was greeted with paper lanterns, bag pipes, flowers and supporters Thursday morning as she returned to work at Affinity Medical Center more than a year after being terminated by the hospital....

    ... The judge also ordered an end to disciplining, discharging and reporting employees to the State Board of Nursing because of union "activities, sympathies or support" and to stop threats of harm to registered nurses who submit forms to management objecting to unsafe patient care assignments.

    Susan Koosh, vice president of marketing and community relations at Affinity, provided an emailed statement on behalf of the hospital: "Out of respect for the court, we will comply with all aspects of the ruling."...

    Read more: Nurse returns to Affinity after judge rules reinstatement - News - The CantonRep - Canton, OH

    Oh, and Susan? Did you think you had an option NOT to respect the court's authority and comply with its order? Just sayin'.
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