USC hospital employee seeks vote on whether to dissolve union

An employee at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, Calif., continues to fight to dissolve a healthcare workers' union at the hospital, according to a Glendale News-Press report.

The surgical employee, Andrew Brown, reportedly filed a second petition to vote on whether to keep the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West, which represents patient services representatives, obstetrics technicians, phlebotomists and others at the hospital.

The first petition was rejected by the National Labor Relations Board due to missing the filing deadline.  

But Mr. Brown, who contends the union has not kept promises related to pay and healthcare, told the News-Press he filed another petition in early January, and the NLRB's Los Angeles regional office is expected to consider the petition Jan. 11.

Union spokesperson Steve Trossman called the petition an attempt "to divide us and weaken our voices."

The petition comes as union representatives allege Verdugo Hills administrators have participated in efforts to dissolve the union..

Mr. Brown told the News-Press labor complaints must  be resolved before a unionization vote.

A hospital spokesperson did not respond to the publication's requests for comment.

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