We were supposed to meet today with St. Joe’s management to bargain our contract, but were forced yesterday to cancel because the hospital refused to release all of our bargaining team to attend. On Tuesday, an outspoken member of our bargaining team was told he would not be released to attend the next negotiating session. We attempted to get St. Joe’s management to change its position, but they refused to release him even though they admitted they could. To add insult to injury, when the member reported to work this morning, he was told he would be released for the day. Of course, by that time it was too late to reinstate the bargaining session.
Further, three members of the union’s bargaining team have been told by management that they are under investigation.
We believe this is retaliation for the increased, public pressure the union is putting on the hospital to commit to safe staffing. It constitutes illegal interference in the union and we are currently weighing our legal options.
We are eager to get a deal done. But management thinks they can bully us. We will continue to stand up for our patients and we will continue to stand up for each other.
If they think they can bully us, they are wrong!
If they think we won’t stand together, they are wrong!
Tell hospital management to get serious and get back to the bargaining table!