Registered nurses at Santa Monica’s St. John’s Health Center alleged last week that hospital officials are continuing to harass nurse activists even after being put trial by the National Labor Relations Board on charges that it violated RN rights.
The RNs, who have been meeting with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, also unveiled a billboard on Santa Monica Blvd. between Brockton and Armacost calling on the hospital to adhere to Catholic teachings, and respect the nurses’ rights.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has specifically stated that “the basic rights of workers must be respected—the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to the organization and joining of unions.” is among the key themes of Catholic Social Teaching.
Earlier this month, St. John’s was put on a three-day trial by the National Labor Relations Board on charges of illicit spying on RNs, and interrogating nurses about union activity, among other serious violations. A decision is pending. But since the trial ended, harassment of nurses who are CNA/NNU supporters at the hospital is continuing, nurse leaders say.
“Saint John’s administration should open its heart to respecting RNs’ rights and embrace the fair union election principles of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops,” said Lori Hammond, an RN who works in the labor and delivery unit of the hospital, in the days before the trial.
“This has gone on too long and has taken too high a price on our nurses, our patients and our community. We urge our hospital to respect their nurses and stop the attacks on our attempt to gain collective bargaining rights so we can advocate for our patients,” Hammond said.