A team of nurses in a state outside Louisiana have filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board regarding an unresolved disagreement with a particular hospital. The contract dispute has been raging since the end of March 2016. Several community religious leaders and labor officials have rallied in support of the nurses.
Those advocating on behalf of the nurses announced their plans to send a letter to the president of the hospital. The letter will reportedly express their concerns regarding the important issues the nurses have raised concerning their expired contract. The group of delegates say they will also make a plea for fair treatment of the nurses as a new union contract is negotiated.
A registered nursing speaking on behalf of all the nurses involved recently stated how appreciative she and others are for the tremendous community support they’ve been given. The nurses hope reportedly the show of community support convinces hospital management to offer treatment toward those whose efforts go a long way to care for so many in the community. Some have said they worry the contract problems will negatively affect the quality of health care in the area.
Negotiations for a new contract reportedly started in December 2015. At that time, the nurses apparently requested some pertinent information, which management allegedly refused to share. These events led to the two charges of unfair labor practices being filed by the nurses against the hospital. It is likely that nurses in Louisiana can relate to the contentious situation regarding the recent contract dispute in Massachusetts. Anyone currently facing such issues may seek guidance from a skilled negotiator by contacting a business and commercial law attorney in the area.
Source: eagletribune.com, “Contract dispute between nurses, Haverhill hospital escalates“, Peter Francis, Aug. 17, 2016