Tenet-owned Michigan hospital settles alleged labor violations

Commerce Township, Mich.-based Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital and its nurses have settled allegations that the hospital violated U.S. labor law.

The settlement, cited in a Michigan Nurses Association news release, requires Huron Valley not to "interfere with, restrain or coerce" nurses in the exercise of workers' rights; prohibit nurses from wearing buttons or other insignia outside of patient care areas related to union issues and issues related to terms and conditions of employment; bargain in bad faith; or "fail and refuse to provide necessary and relevant information requested by the union."

It resolves a National  Labor Relations Board complaint that the hospital did not comply with the union's request for reports documenting nurse complaints of unsafe conditions.

The settlement resolves other accusations that Huron Valley continues to dispute.The hospital admits no wrongdoing in the settlement.

A statement from the hospital said: "HVSH's leadership team has great respect for its nurses and care providers and is strongly committed to quality of care and patient safety.  The hospital was fully prepared to dispute all allegations through the labor board process and feels strongly that our position would have prevailed because we met all legal obligations. We are eager to move forward collaboratively to meet the diverse health care needs of our community."

Huron Valley is a unit of the Detroit Medical Center, owned by Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare.


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