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 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?”

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 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”

By Josh Brokaw Cayuga Medical Center’s second trial before a federal judge in less than a year began again on Monday, Feb. 27. Karen Ames, CMC’s chief patient safety officer, was on the stand for most of the afternoon, with a brief appearance by John Turner, CMC’s vice president of public relations. This National Labor Relations Board [NLRB] trial is to determine whether Anne Marshall and Loran Lamb, two CMC nurses, were illegally fired by the hospital in October 2016 because of their union organizing…Continue Reading “Cayuga Medical Federal Trial, Continued: Nurses Fired for ‘Total System Failure’ or Union Organizing?”

By Josh Brokaw If a federal judge issues an injunction in their favor, two nurses fired in October 2016 by Cayuga Medical Center will go back to work at Tompkins County’s only hospital. On Tuesday, Feb. 21, the National Labor Relations Board filed a request for a temporary injunction in the northern district court of New York, under article 10j of the National Labor Relations Act. If a federal judge decides the injunction is appropriate, it would restore Anne Marshall and another intensive care unit…Continue Reading “Fired Cayuga Medical Nurses Could Be Returned To Work By Judge’s Order”

By Josh Brokaw Members of the Ithaca College faculty union voted to authorize any action up to and including a strike on Tuesday, Feb. 14, as the union continues to negotiate a first contract with the Ithaca College administration. The bargaining committee for Ithaca College’s chapter of SEIU Local 200 is made up of 10 instructors who are hired either on a part-time (semester-long) and full-time contingent (year-long) contract basis. Part-time faculty voted to join SEIU 200 in May 2015; the full-time contingent faculty joined…Continue Reading “Ithaca College Faculty Votes to Authorize Strike, Questions Contracts Going Unrenewed”