Kentucky Hospital Sues Union Over Tactics During Labor Dispute

King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Ky., has filed suit against by District 1199 of the Service Employees International Union, alleging the union violated federal laws governing the use of automated phone dialing systems during an ongoing labor dispute, according to a report by The Independent.

The suit filed in U.S. District Court alleges the automated calling campaign was designed to interfere with the hospital's ability to operate and to harass its CEO. Specifically, the suit alleges the automated system made 536 calls to CEO Fred Jackson's extension over a two-day period.

The suit seeks an injunction for the union on the use of automated calling systems as well as unspecified monetary damages for the violation, according to the report.

The union and KDMC have been in a contract dispute since late November. Last week, the union voted down the hospital's latest contract offer. According to a union representative, wage freezes, changes to health insurance coverage and the loss of a defined benefit pension plan were points of contention between the groups.

Read the report on King's Daughters Medical Center.

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