Press Release: National Labor Relations Board hears charges against LakeWood Health Center at April 5-8 public hearing

Contact:  Rick Fuentes

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Barbara Brady

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(Baudette) – March 24, 2016 – LakeWood Health Center employees will detail how the hospital violated their rights to unionize during a hearing conducted by the National Labor Relations Board in Baudette April 5-8.

The hearing follows a complaint the National Labor Relations Board issued in February that found LakeWood “interfered with, restrained or coerced employees in the exercise of their rights” to unionize.

The complaint was in response to Unfair Labor Practice charges filed by the Minnesota Nurses Association after LakeWood illegally withdrew recognition of the union in the middle of bargaining a first contract.

“These are very serious charges,” said LakeWood X-Ray Technologist McCall Plourde. “LakeWood management tried to intimidate staff and lied about the union. This behavior is inexcusable.”

The public is encouraged to attend the hearing, which is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in the IVT Room of Lake of the Woods High School.