By Josh Brokaw The two Cayuga Medical Center nurses who were allegedly fired for their union organizing activity in October 2016 will be back at work in the hospital’s intensive care unit by this coming Monday. Truthsayers reported on February 23 that the National Labor Relations Board had filed an injunction in federal court to return Anne Marshall and Loran Lamb to their jobs, pending the results of an ongoing NLRB trial that’s entering its fourth week of testimony, spread out over three months. On…Continue Reading “Federal Judge: Cayuga Medical Must Put Fired Nurses Back to Work”

By Josh Brokaw A lawsuit has been filed against Cayuga Medical Center in the case of the 52-year-old man who died in the Emergency Department waiting room on January 19. The suit was filed on Monday, March 20 with the Supreme Court of Tompkins County, by Jeff DeFrancisco, a Syracuse attorney. The suit is filed for punitive damages on behalf of the estate of Lloyd Robert Phelps, and his brother and executor Allen Phelps. Rob Phelps, as he was known to family and friends, was…Continue Reading “Death in Cayuga Medical ER Waiting Room: Lawsuit Filed”

By Josh Brokaw The federal trial over allegations that Cayuga Medical Center fired two nurses for union organizing adjourned on the afternoon of Friday, March 10. So far, there have been 14 whole or partial days of testimony spread out over three weeks in this National Labor Relations Board [NLRB] hearing, which started on January 9. NLRB judge Kimberly Soag Graves and attorneys for Cayuga Medical Center [CMC], the NLRB, and Service Employees International Union Local 1199, the union that CMC nurses started organizing to…Continue Reading “Cayuga Medical Union Busting Trial: Why So Long?”

Words & Photos by Josh Brokaw The phrase “pseudo-event” has been rattling around my head a lot lately. It probably made its way there from an Atlantic story last December, because once that Very Serious magazine re-discovers a popular 1950 or ’60s bit of political wisdom, it likes to use it at least twice. To say “pseudo-event” is simply to say an event is put on by an entity with power, for the purpose of getting media attention. Congressman Tom Reed’s town hall meetings are…Continue Reading “Notes & Photos: Tom Reed Visits Ithaca”

By Josh Brokaw The Ithaca College contingent faculty union is planning a strike and has filed federal charges of illegal union busting activity by the IC administration. After a bargaining session held on March 8 and another, emergency, session the morning of Thursday, March 9. A tweet by the @ICContingent Twitter account sent early Thursday afternoon said “We have seen no movement whatsoever from the administration. We will #strike on March 28th and 29th.” Read More: Feb 15: Ithaca College Faculty Authorizes Strike March 2:…Continue Reading “Ithaca College Union Plans Strike, Alleges Union Busting by IC Admin”

By Josh Brokaw Cornell Graduate Students United presented a petition with more than 1,200 signatures in support of their organizing effort to Cornell administration on Wednesday, March 8. After three years of organizing, CGSU will be holding a vote for union recognition by the time of Cornell’s spring break, which starts April 1. According to organizers with the American Federation of Teachers and New York State United Teachers, the union affiliated with CGSU, the 1,200-plus signatures are all graduate students and that number is a…Continue Reading “Cornell Grad Workers Filing for Union Election”

The lines of Cayuga Medical Center’s defense against allegations it broke federal labor law have become clearer in recent days as the second National Labor Relations Board trial about union organizing in less than a year continues. The hospital, via its attorney Raymond Pascucci, of Bond Schoeneck & King, is arguing that intensive care unit nurses Anne Marshall and Loran Lamb were not singled out for their union organizing activity when they were fired in October 2016. Rather, CMC argues the two nurses committed a…Continue Reading “Blood Transfusions Can Turn Deadly: Cayuga Medical Mounts Its Defense”

By Josh Brokaw “Cornell has many large auditoriums and is dedicated to serving the community,” thought the reporter as he hurried across campus on a windy, below-freezing day in February. “Surely Cornell knows that hundreds of people in this extremely liberal town will want to see a man who has been living in front of Democracy Now! microphones for months on end … “Cornell let a man who sells cleaning supplies talk at that nice big Statler Auditorium,” the reporter continued inner-monologuing to himself earnestly…Continue Reading “Too Few Seats at Cornell For Dave Archambault of Standing Rock”

By Josh Brokaw Attorneys for the National Labor Relations Board and SEIU Local 1199 rested their case against Cayuga Medical Center on Thursday, March 2, after eight days of testimony. Anne Marshall and Loran Lamb, the two intensive care unit nurses allegedly fired for their union activity by Cayuga Medical Center [CMC], took the stand on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Marshall has been telling her side of the events of September 11, 2016, for months now, most of which can be read in this Truthsayers…Continue Reading “Nurses Fired by Cayuga Medical Testify in Federal Hearing”

By Josh Brokaw Since Truthsayers last checked on the first contract battle between Ithaca College’s administration and its contingent faculty union, the two parties have come a bit closer on key proposals while tensions over tactics have increased. On Monday, Feb. 20, and Friday, Feb. 24, contingent faculty members of SEIU Local 200, members of other local unions, and other folks demonstrated by Ithaca College’s entrance and marched onto campus in actions organized by the Tompkins County Workers’ Center. Support more Truthsaying reporting with a…Continue Reading “Ithaca College Admin, Faculty Union Ramp Up Pressure in Negotiating Fight”