Johns Hopkins still interfering with union efforts despite NLRB case, nurse says

A nurse is accusing Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Hospital of hindering unionization efforts, according to a Baltimore Business Journal report.

Molly O'Connell, RN, MSN, BSN, an oncology nurse involved in unionization efforts, claims there is an "intense anti-union campaign" at the hospital, even after an unfair labor practice charge against Johns Hopkins.

Nurses filed the charge with the National Labor Relations Board in June, alleging the hospital hindered nurses' legal right to discuss organizing with National Nurses Organizing Committee, which is part of National Nurses United.

Ms. O'Connell told the Baltimore Business Journal the unfair labor practice charge is pending and claims "all the same problems" are still going on at the hospital.

Hospital officials told the publication: "We deeply respect our nurses, their contributions to our organization, and all of their rights as employees, including their right to support or oppose a union."

Johns Hopkins Hospital nurses began organizing efforts this year to address registered nurse turnover they attribute to staffing and pay issues.

For a vote on unionization to occur, most of the hospital's 3,200 nurses have to sign cards expressing their interest in such an election.

 

 

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