ValleyCare Northside Medical Center files unfair labor practice charge against ONA strike

YOUNGSTOWN — Northside Medical Center officials announced said today they have filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations challenging the validity of the Ohio Nurses Association’s 10-day notices of its intention to begin a strike and picketing at the hospital on Gypsy Lane on Tuesday.

The hospital contends the ONA violated Section 8 (g) of the National Labor Relations Act by serving three separate, conflicting and confusing notifications to the hospital.

If the ONA moves forward with its strike and/or picketing Tuesday, the hospital would view such activities as unlawful.

“Very unfortunately, by federal law, nurses who participate in an unlawful strike in violation of the strict 10-day notice requirements of Section 8 (g) could lose their employment status, until re-employed, pursuant to the National Labor Relations Act,” said Robert Sincich, interim vice president of human resources and director of labor relations.

“It is irresponsible and regrettable that the ONA would subject our nurses to potentially unlawful activity that could conceivably have had an impact on their employment status if the ONA’s notices are deemed by the NLRB to be defective,” he added.

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