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Illinois – Hospital Chain Among Nation’s Worst Union Rights Violators

Resurrection Health Care, the Chicago-based hospital chain that has been fighting efforts of some of its 10,000 employees to form a union with AFSCME Council 31 for nearly five years, is getting unwanted but needed international attention.

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Resurrection Health Care, the Chicago-based hospital chain that has been fighting efforts of some of its 10,000 employees to form a union with AFSCME Council 31 for nearly five years, is getting unwanted but needed international attention for violating union rights in the United States.

The Brussels-based International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has formally noted what AFSCME has been saying for years — that the second-largest, non-profit hospital system in the Chicago metropolitan area (with eight hospitals) has repeatedly violated federal law.

The ITUC cited a complaint filed against Resurrection by the National Labor Relations Board in 2006. It charged Resurrection with “interfering with, and coercing, employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed” under the National Labor Relations Act.

“Resurrection’s anti-union campaign has been so aggressive that it is now getting international notoriety,” explains Council 31 Deputy Director Roberta Lynch (also an AFSCME International vice president). “We hope the attention will prompt a change in the behavior of the system’s management.”

The ITUC called attention to Resurrection in the international labor organization’s first “Annual Survey of Violators of Trade Union Rights,” which it issued in 2007. Resurrection settled the NLRB charge by agreeing to inform employees that management would not interfere with employees’ rights to distribute union literature.

Read about the Resurrection campaign at reformresurrection.org.

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