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News: Steward Health vs. nurse union fight an ugly harbinger

Case Management Weekly, January 18, 2012

The union-management animosity at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, MA, did not end with last July's vote by nurses to join the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United.

The National Labor Relations Board has taken up a complaint that a veteran nurse at the hospital was fired last year by Holy Family's parent Steward Health Care Systems, allegedly for her role in the organizing effort. An administrative judge will hear the complaint on Feb. 14.

Steward Health Care Systems denies the allegation and has issued a statement saying that "participation in union organizing activities played no role in the decision" to fire nurse Mary Ramirez, 61, who'd been at the Holy Family for 18 years.

Read more on the HealthLeaders Media website.

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