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New Charges Filed in Labor Dispute with Mayo Clinic

April 18, 2018 06:47 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- New charges have been filed in the labor dispute between Mayo Clinic Health System Albert Lea and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

The union said the National Relations Labor Board found merit to the charges that Mayo illegally locked out employees over Christmas.

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Back in December union workers participated in a one-day strike over contract negotiations. The union said employees were locked out for a week. The hospital stated the law required replacement workers to be hired for that week and employees were warned ahead of time.

On Tuesday night SEIU filed new charges accusing Mayo of retaliation against Albert Lea workers who went on strike. SEIU claims Mayo management has been interfering with and discouraging members from discussing negotiations and organizing union meetings.

According to the president of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, Mayo management has blocked members from posting notices on bulletin boards, and they disciplined a strike leader from talking about the lockout in a break room.

"It is our hope that Mayo will finally come to the table and negotiate a contract with our members that we can be proud of and that will let us focus on the patients and the great patient care that we're able to provide," said Gulley.

Mayo Clinic Health Systems said in a statement, “We have not yet received a copy of the charge which suggests to us that SEIU is more concerned with making headlines than they are with trying to make progress at the bargaining table. Although the filing of Unfair Labor Practice charges is a common union tactic, it is nevertheless disappointing considering we have negotiations with SEIU scheduled for next week."

Negotiation sessions are happening next week in Albert Lea.

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