Judge: Baystate Franklin Hospital Engaged in Union Busting - Judge Reinstates Kris Morandi's, Jo
GREENFIELD — High-ranking Baystate Health officials were found guilty of attempting to union bust at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in a case regarding the recently formed security and trades unions at the Greenfield hospital, according to an administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board who ruled in federal court this week from Hartford, Connecticut.
The decision of Judge Paul Bogas can be appealed to the labor board in Washington, D.C.
The judge ordered the hospital within the next two weeks to place notices around Baystate Franklin that it violated federal labor law, and they have to remain up for two months.
“There was definitely union busting going on. No question about it,” Organizing Director of the Law Enforcement Officers Security Union Steve Maritas said Wednesday when reached for comment on the decision, which mostly favored his union. “The truth speaks for itself.”
The judge ruled one of the security employees, Kris Morandi, who was the lead steward in forming their union, is to be offered his job back and presented with back pay and benefits potentially lost. This could total around $100,000, Maritas said.
It was on the grounds of discriminatorily suspending and firing him over protected communications.