Nurses union accuses Lourdes of bargaining in bad faith
PASCO, Wash. -- One of the nurse's unions at Lourdes Health Network is accusing the hospital of bargaining in bad faith.
Negotiations between Lourdes Health Network and the United Staff Nurses Union have been going on for several months.
According to the hospital's union rep John Aslakson, last week, the USNU, which represents about 100 nurses at Lourdes, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.
The union claims Lourdes is not providing requested information, bargaining in bad faith and participating in surface bargaining -- which is showing up to negotiation meetings but not making changes.
The CEO of Lourdes Health Network, John Serle, says none of the allegations are true and they will continue negotiations.
"We have some of the best benefits in the tri-cities, we have very good wages, and we need to make sure that we are competitive. yet we cannot afford to spend more dollars than we think we can afford to do, given the limited revenues that are going to be coming through from the state biannum budget," says Serle.
Serle says, most of the disputes center around paid time off. The National Labor Relations board is scheduled to review the complaints and decide if they have any merit. Aslakson says they expect to hear from the board by the end of the month. A strike is not expected at this point.