Cayuga Medical Federal Trial, Continued: Nurses Fired for ‘Total System Failure’ or Union Organizing?
By Josh Brokaw
February 28, 2017
Cayuga Medical Center’s second trial before a federal judge in less than a year began again on Monday, Feb. 27. Karen Ames, CMC’s chief patient safety officer, was on the stand for most of the afternoon, with a brief appearance by John Turner, CMC’s vice president of public relations.
This National Labor Relations Board [NLRB] trial is to determine whether Anne Marshall and Loran Lamb, two CMC nurses, were illegally fired by the hospital in October 2016 because of their union organizing activity. CMC management maintains that the two nurses were fired because of a blood transfusion incident, when the two nurses didn’t follow a protocol that they both be in the room to check the patient’s information against that on the blood bag.
The task before attorneys for the NLRB and for SEIU Local 1199, the union that’s been trying to organize CMC nurses since early 2015, is not to prove that the two nurses didn’t break a hospital policy – that’s been admitted – but that what they did was common practice. The NLRB and the union want to demonstrate that the hospital has not fired nurses for errors as egregious or more so, but instead used those incidents as learning opportunities. And, according to documents NLRB attorney Jessica Noto filed in federal court last week supporting the nurses’ back-to-work injunction, the NLRB believes that Ames and Turner “conducted an investigation with a predetermined outcome” to provide reason for firing the two nurses.For readers who would like to catch up on this trial, the place to start is still my story on the two nurses’ termination from October, along with daily updates from the first week of this trial. -Josh Brokaw
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