Corrupt agreement forces nurses into union ranks without vote
Thousand Oaks, California (May 20, 2013) – Three nurses at Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital have filed federal charges against a major healthcare union and the hospital corporation for illegally forcing them and their coworkers into an unwanted union.
With free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation, the three nurses filed the unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
In late November 2012, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) Holdings, Inc.-owned Los Robles Hospital purchased Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital. In late April 2013, HCA Holdings, Inc. and Los Robles Hospital management announced that Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital workers were "represented" by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Workers West and SEIU Local 121 RN union officials and "accreted" into to the pre-existing Los Robles-SEIU monopoly bargaining units.
SEIU union officials and HCA management have long been parties to a so-called "neutrality agreement" designed to force healthcare workers into SEIU ranks without proper procedural protections.