NLRB officer calls for new nurses union vote at Lee’s Summit Medical Center

Mike Sherry, Kansas City Business Journal, April 6, 2010 A federal hearing officer has recommended that a union vote at Lee’s Summit Medical Center be set aside and held again. In the October election, nurses voted 68-59 to decertify the union. But four objections filed by Nurses United/National Nurses Organizing Committee-California Nurses Association were sustained by Michael Werner, who heard the case at the Overland Park regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. In his March 25 ruling, Werner found that Lee’s Summit Medical Center officials had:

• Removed union literature from a break room twice during the week of the election.
• Interrogated an employee about her union sentiments.
• Threatened to impose stricter working conditions as a result of union activities.
• Caused an employee to “reasonably believe” her union activities were under surveillance.

Hospital officials are “somewhat shocked” by the ruling, spokeswoman Robin Dawson said in a statement. “Throughout this process we have been committed to allowing our nurses’ voice to be heard,” she added, “and (we’ll) continue to fight against the union’s efforts to invalidate the results of the vote.” The ruling is a recommendation to the National Labor Relations Board. Both sides have until April 8 to appeal the decision. NLRB Regional Director Daniel Hubbel said there is no set time for the board to consider Werner’s recommendation. | 816-777-2214 All contents of this site © American City Business Journals Inc. All rights reserved.