Baystate Health leaders guilty of attempted union-busting, NLRB finds

Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Mass., part of Springfield, Mass.-based Baystate Health, tried to union bust regarding security and engineering employees, the National Labor Relations Board found, according to The Recorder.

NLRB Administrative Law Judge Paul Bogas on March 11 ruled that Baystate Franklin violated various federal labor laws involving its recently formed security and trades unions. The judge found that hospital officials were guilty of coercive interrogation of the security union employees, who had recently organized, as well as trade employees, including engineers, who were in the middle of unionization efforts, The Recorder reports. The actions primarily occurred in May 2017.

"There was definitely union busting going on. No question about it," Steve Maritas, organizing director of the security union, told The Recorder. "The truth speaks for itself."

The judge ordered Baystate Franklin display notices that it violated federal labor law around the hospital for two months, according to the report. 

Baystate Franklin may appeal the decision to the labor board's national office in Washington, D.C. Spokesperson Shelly Hazlett said the hospital is reviewing the decision but did not indicate whether Baystate Franklin will appeal.


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