Ascension’s abusive practices go far beyond Genesys Medical Center in Flint. The union representing registered nurses at Ascension’s Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), citing 32 violations of the federal law by Borgess.
The NLRB, after conducting a three-month investigation, has concluded that many of these charges have merit. Specifically, the NLRB will charge Borgess with the illegal restraint, interference and coercion of employees; unlawful discrimination against employees; and refusing to bargain in good faith. Significantly, the NLRB has concluded that Borgess adopted an illegal bargaining strategy at the inception of the negotiations, and that it insisted on contract proposals that violated the duty to bargain in good faith.
Ascension has had many of the same complaints filed against it by employees at Genesys. The outcome of those NLRB investigations are pending. You can read more about Ascension’s violation of federal labor laws here.