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Supreme Court may decide if endangering patients is protected union activity

By Rick Manning — What would you say if a group of employees working the Alzheimer’s ward in a health care facility deliberately switched the name tags on patient’s doors making patient identification difficult and removed dietary instructions from the patient’s room, putting patients at risk?

Would it matter that these actions were deliberately taken as part of a labor dispute?

That is exactly what happened at HealthBridge, where SEIU members engaged in a deliberate campaign of sabotage against the company, targeting patient’s health in a “work action.”

HealthBridge for their part, refused to let the offending SEIU local that sanctioned the attack on their patient’s safety, back to work.

Pretty clear cut situation, and truth be told, each of the offenders should have been hauled off to jail for reckless endangerment.

But that isn’t what happens in Obama’s America 2013.

In Obama’s America, his National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) appointees ruled that HealthBridge had to take back the nearly 700 striking “workers.”

HealthBridge is now asking the Supreme Court to take up the case, with a request they have submitted to Justice Antonin Scalia.

But Obama’s NLRB rulings of the past 16 months are in trouble for a different reason.  The U.S. District Court of Appeals in the Noel Canning versus NLRB decision threw the NLRB’s ability to make decisions into question as they found that Obama had illegally bypassed the Senate confirmation process in putting three members on the Board in Jan. 2012.

This seemingly benign decision has massive ramifications for the NLRB and all of its rulings over the past year and a half due to a separate Supreme Court case known as New Process Steel.  In New Process Steel, the Supreme Court ruled that the NLRB needed to have a quorum of at least three out of five members in order to make any decisions or rulings.

If the Canning decision is upheld by the Supreme Court, then all of the NLRB decisions for the past year and a half will become null and void.

This is certainly good news for the patients at HealthBridge, who deserve quality care, rather than being endangered by union shenanigans.

This report was compiled with the assistance of website www.SEIUmonitor.com, which monitors malfeasance at the powerful union which has regularly met to set labor policy in the Obama White House.

Rick Manning is the Vice President of Public Policy and Communications for Americans for Limited Government.

  • Dean

    These union members are all SCUMBAGS.

  • sail375

    One of the things that gets forgotten in much of this is that these patients all have families who love them, and an abundance of lawyers begging for work on their TVs.

    Reckless endangerment appears to a tad more than just a union level issue. It would appear to rise to the personal level of the patient and family.

    Therefore, it would seem that in addition to their job woes, each and every employee in the union who recklessly endangered their patients is now subject to separate civil litigation by the patients and their families, as well as disciplinary action by their respective licensing boards?

    On the other hand, every American seeking hospital or institutional care is now well advised to make absolutely sure the institution they intend to use is not represented by the SEIU.

    This should keep lawyers employed for quite some time to come, I should think.

  • SmileyFace

    It’s situations like this that give Unions a bad rap! I, personally, don’t see a need for unions in today’s society. Every worker should be judged based on performance and if they can’t cut it, then they are let go…fired. Workers should not be protected for doing a bad job. Where are the rights of the employer. This is reverse discrimination.

  • Mitch A

    This is possible good news for all of us. Obama is getting dangerous now and things appear to be spiraling out of control. We must now suspect that Barak Obama is mentally unfit to lead our nation and can not /will not keep his supporters under control. Liberals are doing untold damage to their brand with the illegality of many of the things they are doing and are now turning some of their supporters away. If Obama continues on his present course we may not see another liberal presidency for quite some time. In addition, How is it that the NLRB has the authority to dismiss criminal activity?

  • I believe I would take a baseball bat and bust some union knee caps!!!

  • Why the hell does the Supreme court even have to be involved?
    This is a case for the criminal courts! What they did is a felony, why were they not arrested! Damn it! Labor unions used to be a good thing. Now they’re nothing but a bunch of low life bullies!

  • Brabado

    In my opinion, endangering the lives of patients, as a Union Weapon in a labor dispute must be handled as an outright Criminal Activity against Humanity, and those responsible, punished by the Law of the Land!
    Trust the Supreme Court will stand tall and send a strong message to the “Out of Control Unions, and their Radical Bosses”.

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