Nurses at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore are hailing as a critical victory a settlement reached with the hospital which reaffirms the nurses’ guaranteed legal right to unionize, said the National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU). “This settlement makes clear that nurses have the right to form a union, we have a right to speak with our coworkers about a union, and Johns Hopkins does not have the legal right to target and intimidate nurses who engage in union activity,” said Alex Laslett, RN. “We are organizing at Johns Hopkins because we know a union affords nurses the protection we need to advocate freely for the best care for our patients.” The settlement resolves unfair labor practices charges filed with the Baltimore-based National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on behalf of the Johns Hopkins nurses by NNOC/NNU. The settlement requires that Johns Hopkins Hospital management post signs throughout the facility affirming the nurses’ right to form a union.
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