U.S. labor board claims Crozer-Chester Medical Center violated work laws

    A dispute between a Delaware County health care organization and its nurses could be headed to court.

    A complaint filed last week by the National Labor Relations Board and the union representing nurses at Crozer-Chester Medical Center alleges multiple violations of U.S. labor laws by the medical center.

    They include banning informational protests and demonstrations at the facility in Upland Borough, as well as extending a two-day nurses strike in late September through a lockout.

    “The hospital said the only way we could acquire strike-breaking nurses for these two days was to pay them for a five-day minimum commitment,” said Bill Cruice, executive director of the nurses union. “The union requested information to verify that assertion.”

    In a statement, a Crozer-Chester representative said the issuing of a complaint by the NLRB does not indicate guilt, and officials believe the medical center has acted appropriately.

    Attorneys for the NLRB declined comment Tuesday.

    If a settlement is not reached, the NLRB has set a trial on the civil charges for Feb. 4.

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