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#1495715 --- 02/24/17 06:54 AM CMC anti-union hearing restarts
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NLRB hearing involving Cayuga Medical Center resumes Monday

The Ithaca Voice
by Kelsey O'Connor

February 23, 2017

The National Labor Relations Board will resume its hearing Monday investigating Cayuga Medical Center.

The board is investigating allegations that Cayuga Medical Center fired two nurses because of their union activity. The hospital denies the charges and claims it fairly terminated the nurses after they violated blood transfusion protocol.

Last year, the hospital was found to have violated federal labor law by interfering with nurses' unionizing efforts. The NLRB judge in the previous case also determined Cayuga Medical Center had unlawfully disciplined nurses, including Anne Marshall, one of the nurses who was fired. The hospital disagreed with the NLRB's ruling and has filed an appeal.

Two nurses have testified so far that "common practice" of blood transfusions differs from hospital policy.

During opening statements of the hearing, Jessica Noto, field attorney for the NLRB, said Noto said the nurses who were fired acknowledge that they did not follow standard procedure when administering the blood transfusion, but said the evidence will show that they performed the transfusion "in the same manner that many of the ICU nurses performed the blood transfusions throughout the years."

The hearing initially began Jan. 9 but was adjourned Jan. 12.

https://ithacavoice.com/2017/02/nlrb-hearing-involving-cayuga-medical-center-resumes-monday/
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#1495943 --- 02/28/17 06:43 PM Re: CMC anti-union hearing restarts [Re: Teonan]
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Cayuga Medical Federal Trial, Continued: Nurses Fired for ‘Total System Failure’ or Union Organizing?

Truthsayers
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

Full report. Read on: http://www.truthsayers.org/
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