Union alleges Nathan Littauer Hospital denied new position to member: 4 things to know

The National Labor Relations Board has set a hearing for April 18 to determine whether Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville, N.Y., denied a new position to an employee active in the New York State Nurses Association, according to a Times Union report.

Here are four things to know about the issue.

1. The union alleges hospital managers denied nurse Marion Enright a newly created position as outpatient float nurse because she engaged in union activities, according to the report.

2. The union also alleges Nathan Littauer Hospital unilaterally changed work hours and overtime wages for the outpatient float nurse position, and those were issues for the bargaining table, according to the report.

3. Cheryl McGrattan, a hospital spokeswoman, would not comment to the Times Union on details of the charge but did tell the publication the union's claim has no basis. "Like in most of the alleged complaints the union has submitted, I am confident this one will also be dismissed," Ms. McGrattan told the Times Union.

4. The union's allegations come amid a two-year contract dispute between Nathan Littauer Hospital and 137 registered nurses there. During those two years, NYSNA has filed 14 other unfair labor practices charges against hospital officials, Barney Horowitz, the NLRB's resident officer in Albany, N.Y., said, according to the report. According to the Times Union, eight were dismissed or withdrawn, three were settled after they were found to have merit and three are awaiting further review.



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