Nurses File Labor Complaint Against St. Charles Health System
On Wednesday, the Oregon Nurses Association filed an unfair labor practice charge against St. Charles Health System, headquartered in Bend, Ore., over the system's recently introduced policy of requiring employees to either get vaccinated against influenza or wear a mask through peak flu season, according to a report from KTVZ.
The ONA claims St. Charles violated the rights of its employees under the National Labor Relations Act by not bargaining with the nurses over the change in working conditions. The organization has requested an immediate injunction to stop the health system from implementing the new policy while the board conducts its investigation. ONA nurses have expressed concern over the effectiveness of the new policy and cited it as an invasion of health privacy.