Employees at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill East are petitioning the NLRB to overturn a decision made by Dennis Walsh, an NLRB regional director. Walsh approved a request by the Service Employees to declare all workers at the non-union facility members of SEIU. The decision occured after the hospital network approved the transfer of unionized employees to the non-unionized location.
In his approval of SEIU’s request, Walsh used the doctrine of accretion in which “non-union employees bearing ‘little or no separate group identity’ from a company’s unionized workforce are absorbed into a union without a traditional secret ballot election or card-check campaign.” Stay tuned for updates on how this plays out for the workers at Lehigh Valley.
In other SEIU news, harassment allegations continue to flow in. Click here for a rundown.