By Alex Nixon, Triblive.com
UPMC will head to a hearing before a federal administrative law judge over allegations that the hospital operator illegally thwarted union organizing, the National Labor Relations Board said.
The agency accused UPMC, the largest hospital system in Western Pennsylvania, of unfair labor practices against workers this year at four hospitals in Pittsburgh, according to an NLRB complaint issued this week.
UPMC “implicitly threatened employees with job loss because they supported the union,” said the 30-page complaint, which seeks an order forcing UPMC to stop its alleged violations of labor law.
The SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania union, which for months has tried to organize service and maintenance employees at UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Montefiore and Magee-Womens Hospital, filed charges with the NLRB in May.