ALBERT LEA, Minn. The union representing workers in a labor dispute with Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Albert Lea says it has filed new charges with the National Labor Relations Board.
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) says it is accusing Mayo of retaliating against employees who engaged in “protected concerted activity” and of not bargaining in good faith. Specifically, SEIU says Mayo took action against Albert Lea workers who spoke out about a work stoppage that happened around Christmas and is not allowing union communications within the hospital.
In response, Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Albert Lea says it has not been notified of any new Labor Board charges “which suggests to us that SEIU is more concerned with making headlines than they are with trying to make progress at the bargaining table.”
Mayo’s statement also says: “Since we’ve only been notified of this through the media and have not actually received a copy of the charge, we cannot speak to the allegations. We can share that our primary concern throughout the entire negotiations process is our commitment to our patients, our employees, and our community.”