YOUNGSTOWN HMHP, union continue pact dispute

YOUNGSTOWN -- A contract dispute continues to simmer between Humility of Mary Health Partners and the union representing its service and maintenance workers at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
The National Labor Relations Board issued an unfair labor practice complaint against HMHP this week on the basis of allegations by Local 377 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. A hearing is set for 10 a.m. May 23.
The union, which represents about 870 HMHP employees, alleges the health-care company has failed to sign the collective bargaining agreement employees ratified in May 2001.
Local 377 also was the subject of an NLRB complaint last month which alleged the union unfairly prevented some St. Elizabeth workers from resigning their union membership. A hearing on that issue will be scheduled in April unless the complaint is resolved.
The Teamsters also have two lawsuits pending against HMHP in U.S. District Court, one claiming that the company has refused to arbitrate two grievances and the other related to collection of union dues.

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