UPMC Settles NLRB's 80 Charges of Unfair Labor Practices
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has reached a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board over 80 charges of unfair labor practices, according to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report.
The SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania union filed charges against UPMC last year and the Pittsburgh office of the NLRB brought charges against UPMC in a December complaint.
In its complaint, the NLRB alleged that UPMC executives and managers intimidated employees by interrogating them about union activities, threatened to fire employees who gave union contact information to other employees and threatened action against employees who engaged in union activities during work hours or on UPMC property off-hours, according to the report.
Under the settlement, UPMC has agreed to reinstate two employees it allegedly fired for union-organizing efforts. It will clear the records of all employees who were "unfairly disciplined for engaging in union activity," according to a news release from the SEIU.
UPMC is also required to rescind its policies regarding employees' rights to organize at work and to post notices system-wide detailing its commitment to abide by federal labor law, according to the release.
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