Workers Resume Bargaining at Mercy Health After Hospital Executives Denied Attempt to Impose Illegal Impasse
Employees thankful for continued community support as they bargain for a fair contract.
SPRINGFIELD, OH – The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has notified union leaders that despite claims of reaching impasse by Mercy Health executives, no impasse exists and Mercy’s attempt to impose a contract on workers could not move forward. This comes after charges were filed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199 on May 12th, 2015 charging hospital executives with declaring an illegal impasse for bad faith bargaining during negotiations with workers at both Mercy McAuley Center in Urbana, Ohio and Springfield Regional Medical Center in Springfield, Ohio.
“The workers of Mercy Health welcome the opportunity to continue to bargain in good faith with Mercy Health,” said Geoff Davies, Administrative Organizer with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “We ask for the continued support from the community as the workers of Mercy McAuley Center and Springfield Regional Medical Center work to preserve quality care for their patients as well as dignity, rights and respect for themselves.”
After the NLRB’s finding that no impasse exists, Mercy Health officials have agreed to return to the bargaining table with union representatives on Thursday, July 23rd and Friday, July 24th to continue the negotiations that hospital executives walked away from on May 6th.
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH represents 478 service and support workers at Mercy McAuley Center and Springfield Regional Medical Center, where they have been bargaining since December 2nd, 2014 and have been working without a contract since February 1st, 2015.