Grand Haven, MI – The NLRB issued a series of charges against Trinity Health for its illegal anti-worker actions at the Grand Haven Hospital, and has ordered the immediate end to the following activities:
- Interrogation of Employees
- Threatening employees for exercising their rights as workers
- Bypassing the Union and direct dealing with union members
- Surveillance of union workers
- Making any unilateral changes
To remedy its numerous violations of workers rights, Trinity is ordered to immediately:
- Recognize the workers union, SEIU, and begin mandatory bargaining for no less than 40 hours each month going forward.
- Remove and rescind all illegal discriminatory actions, disciplines and terminations committed in its months of acting outside the law
- Compensate workers for wages, income and other losses caused by Trinity’s attempts to ignore the law and crush the workers’ union.
This is a major victory in a long, hard-fought battle to preserve their rights and ability to bargain a contract after repeated and illegal union-busting efforts from Trinity Health and its army of attorneys.
“We are excited to see the Board decide in our favor by protecting our rights as workers. Trinity won’t succeed in intimidating or bullying us, we are winning and will continue to stand up and fight for our rights,” said Ricky Kauffman, lead radiographer at Trinity Grand Haven Hospital.
Trinity Health has lost numerous rulings at the Grand Haven Hospital since it began its union-busting activities in 2023, including its attempts to decertify the Union in September 2023. A ruling last December by the National Labor Relations Board in DC confirmed SEIU Healthcare Michigan is the properly certified union of the workers at Grand Haven Hospital. Now additional complaints have been found to have merit by the Board and Trinity is walking on thin legal ice as it attempts to ignore federal labor law and extinguish the rights of its workers.
By dismissing the right of its workers to be represented by a union, Trinity Health is aligning itself with companies such as Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, and SpaceX which have challenged the legitimacy of the NLRB. Trinity’s extreme views stand in stark contrast to over 87 years of settled law on the constitutionality of the NLRB.