In a concerning development, Ascension Seton Hays, located in Kyle, Texas, has come under the spotlight for anti-union activities targeting registered nurses seeking affiliated with the National Nurses United (NNU). According to filings reviewed by LaborLab, the hospital has enlisted the services of two notorious union-busting firms, Heightened Solutions and Bardi Education Services, both specializing in opposing organizing efforts within the nursing profession.
What adds to the controversy is the apparent violation of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) by these hired consultants. Under this law, union-busting firms are required to disclose the terms and conditions of their activities, a crucial step to ensure transparency in labor relations. Shockingly, both Heightened Solutions and Bardi Education Services have failed to provide this essential information to organizing nurses, the public, and government agencies.
The LMRDA mandates timely disclosure, including details about financial arrangements, which is particularly crucial for nurses seeking to exercise their workplace rights. The lack of transparency raises serious questions about the fairness of the process and highlights the need for increased scrutiny and accountability within the healthcare industry. Ascension Seton Hays’ engagement with these union-busting firms underscores the challenges faced by workers in their pursuit of collective bargaining rights and the imperative for greater transparency in such crucial matters.
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