“We urge you to respect the rights of nurses to choose whether they want to form a union free from intimidation, interference, harassment, or retribution by management or its agents,” wrote lawmakers, led by Baltimore Senator Mary Washington and Delegate Robbyn Lewis.
“We firmly believe Hopkins management should not use anti-union consultants to deny these nurses their rights,” the lawmakers wrote.
“Not only is union-busting wrong,” they said, “it is counterproductive to the mission of the hospital and wastes precious resources that should go instead to improving safe staffing and patient care.”
The hospital is waging an aggressive campaign, spending millions of dollars, nurses allege, on anti-union efforts that appear to violate legally protected workplace rights. The National Labor Relations Board will hold a hearing on the nurses’ complaint on June 4 in Baltimore.
For the latest listings of area labor events, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1952, President Harry S Truman ordered the U.S. Army to seize the nation’s steel mills to avert a strike. The Supreme Court ruled the act illegal three weeks later.
Today’s labor quote is by legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, who said:
“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses or the problems of modern society.”
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