As LEO Weekly reported in March, the National Labor Relations Board ruled against Louisville hospital Our Lady of Peace, owned by Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare, and in favor of Amy Doyle, saying that she was targeted for termination by the hospital because of her union organizing activity.
Though Our Lady of Peace subsequently appealed the ruling — and has yet to rehire Doyle — today U.S. District Judge Thomas Russell handed down an injunction against the company, ordering the hospital to rehire Doyle within five days or risk being held in contempt of court.
Here are the terms that the hospital must implement ASAP:
(1) Within five (5) days of this order, Respondent shall reinstate Amanda Doyle to her former position of employment with her previous wages and working conditions. If such a position is no longer available, Respondent shall provide Amanda Doyle with a comparable position, so long as it does not include a reduction in wages or less agreeable working conditions. The interim reinstatement shall endure for such time until the Board’s final disposition of the administrative proceeding.
(2) Respondent shall not suspend, discharge, or otherwise discriminate against its employees who support the union or engage in protected activities under the Act.
(3) Respondent shall not disparately enforce its work rules, including its no solicitation, no distribution, and harassment rules, on the basis of union activities.
(4) Respondent shall not prohibit discussion of the union amongst employees while at work, unless such discussions interfere with work-related activities or are in violation of Respondent’s established policies and procedures.
(5) Respondent shall not suspend, discharge, or otherwise discipline Amanda Doyle or any other employee for discussing the circumstances of this case and this order of reinstatement.
(6) Within ten (10) days of this order, Respondent or a representative of Respondent shall file with the Court an affidavit specifying in detail the actions it has undertaken to comply with the order.
AFSCME Local 62 gave the following comment on the ruling:
“Let this be a message to anti-union employers everywhere: heavy-handed tactics will not shut down workers’ fight for a voice on the job. Intimidating and terminating pro-union employees is illegal under federal law. If there was any doubt about that fact before today, Judge Russell’s ruling should put such doubts to rest once and for all.”
Jewish Hospital spokesperson Barbara Mackovic did not have an immediate comment on the injunction.
Happy late May Day.