"Fremont-Rideout has flagrantly worked to undermine, with multiple legal delays, the democratic aspirations of the nurses for collective representation to better advocate for their patients and their colleagues. The hospital has implemented a disgraceful campaign of pressure and harassment of CNA/NNOC supporters," said Burger.
Issuance of the order is the latest step in a series of sanctions against the hospital, and follows a decision in late January by an administrative law judge who found FRGH guilty of numerous violations of federal labor law abridging the rights of RNs and a failure to negotiate in good faith.
Among other things, the administrative law judge ruled that FRHG conducted illegal interrogation and surveillance of the nurses, failed and refused to provide information and bargain with the union and retaliated against nurses who support the union.
The decision to petition the United States District Court for injunctive relief came shortly after a second hearing before an administrative law judge held in Marysville last week in which numerous nurses testified before a capacity crowd about the employer's ongoing campaign to undermine the continuing need for CNA/NNOC representation at Fremont-Rideout.
The nurses voted overwhelmingly for representation by the California Nurses Association in 2006 and Fremont-Rideout promptly launched a campaign to systematically and relentlessly interfere with the nurses' efforts to communicate with one another and establish a fair contract to be more effective patient advocates.
In following this program, designed by their legal counsel, FRHG has wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars, ignoring the will of its RNs, driving dozens of RNs (over 15
|SOURCE California Nurses Association|
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