Amy Doyle wins NLRB case against Our Lady of Peace, Jewish Hospital (UPDATE)

Last October, LEO Weekly first reported on psychiatric hospital Our Lady of Peace’s firing of mental health associate Amy Doyle for trying to organize her co-workers into a union, or as OLOP called it, “harassment.”

AFSCME represented Doyle when she brought her case before the National Labor Relations Board, saying that Jewish Hospital (which owns OLOP) had violated federal labor laws that have been in place since 1935 that allow workers to organize.

The case was tried in Louisville back in January, and the judge ruled on Monday. And the big winner is…. Amy Doyle.

Judge Arthur J. Amchan ruled against Jewish Hospital, saying Doyle’s union activity was not “harassment,” but protected activity under the law. Additionally, they ruled that Our Lady of Peace was “coersively interrogating” co-workers in order to dig up dirt on Doyle to terminate her, giving these employees “the impression that (their) union activities were under surveillance by management.”

And what justice did the judge serve out to Jewish Hospital? First, they must offer Doyle reinstatement and give her back pay and benefits. Secondly, they are ordered to cease from discriminating against employees for supporting a union, interrogating an employee about union support or activity, or giving employees the impression that their union activities are under surveillance.

In addition, Jewish Hospital and OLOP will have to distribute and post the following for all employees to see:

The National Labor Relations Board has found that we violated Federal labor law and has ordered us to post and obey this Notice.

FEDERAL LAW GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO

Form, join, or assist a union

Choose representatives to bargain with us on your behalf

Act together with other employees for your benefit and protection

Choose not to engage in any of these protected activities

WE WILL NOT discharge or otherwise discriminate against any of you for discussing or advocating support for AFSCME Council 62, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or any other union.

WE WILL NOT coercively question you about your union support or activities or the protected activities of other employees.

WE WILL NOT give the impression that employees’ union or other protected activities are under surveillance by management.

WE WILL NOT in any like or related manner interfere with, restrain, or coerce you in the exercise of the rights guaranteed you by Section 7 of the Act.

WE WILL, within 14 days from the date of this Order, offer Amanda Doyle full reinstatement to her former job or, if that job no longer exists, to a substantially equivalent position, without prejudice to her seniority or any other rights or privileges previously enjoyed.

WE WILL make Amanda Doyle whole for any loss of earnings and other benefits resulting from her discharge and other discrimination, less any net interim earnings, plus interest compounded daily.

And one more thing: The OLOP management that fired Doyle has to read that out loud to all of their employees at a group meeting.

I’m guessing the newly employed Doyle will bring popcorn.

*** UPDATE ***

Here’s the comment that Doyle just gave us on the ruling:

“I feel relieved that it is finally over. I hope this helps other people realize their rights to unionize. We can’t let these companies bully us anymore and we need to to stand up for what we believe in and for our rights.”

*** UPDATE #2 ***

Here is Jewish Hospital’s response, via spokesperson Barbara Mackovic:

“Today we received a Decision issued by Arthur Amchan, Administrative Law Judge in a matter involving Our Lady of Peace. We have forwarded the Decision to our legal counsel for review.”

LEO contacted Our Lady of Peace CEO Jennifer Nolan, but she is currently out of town and unavailable for comment.

6 Comments

  1. Joe Phelps
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Thank You Amy for standing up for your Rights and the Rights of every employee at OLOP.

  2. Amy
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Joe, Cathy, Richard, and everyone else at AFSCME council 62 for your help and support over the past few months.

  3. Deb Force
    Posted March 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Amy you are a stand-up kinda gal, with the tenacity to hang in there all these months “If you don’t stand for something you will fall for everything” is a quote that comes to mind.

    This is a win for workers everywhere who feel the need for the protection of their rights through a union.

    Keep on steppin’ !

  4. Buddy Cutler
    Posted March 8, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    This is a great victory for working people everywhere. Credit goes to Amy for doing the right thing — for herself and for the labor movement.

  5. John
    Posted March 11, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Great. Now we can all pay even more for medical care, with unions and strikes.

  6. Claire Drucker
    Posted March 18, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    Amy, congratulations for insisting that justice should be done and for standing up for the rights of workers. Sy and I are so glad you won your case.
    Love,
    Claire

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