[March 25, 2015] LOS ANGELES – Federal authorities have filed a complaint against Parkview Community Hospital in Riverside for failing to recognize and bargain with a union representing 520 employees, more than a year after workers voted to improve patient care by joining SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West.
In the March 23 complaint, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that Parkview executives had repeatedly violated the National Labor Relations Act by refusing to bargain with the union, despite the fact that the board certified the union Jan. 30, 2015. Hospital executives will now be summoned to appear at an NLRB hearing where the complaint will be heard.
“We voted in March 2014 to join a union and our employer is putting its head in the sand and trying to deny us our right to stand together to improve patient care,” said Stefanie Cumpton, a Cardiac Monitor Technician at Parkview Community Hospital. “Our CEO, Steve Popkin, is clearly violating the law and disrespecting his own employees. We are glad to see the federal labor board step in and hold him accountable. ”
The Parkview workers affected include nurses, nursing assistants, medical record specialists, food service, secretaries, respiratory therapists, and technicians in radiology, monitoring, emergency room, computerized tomography and nuclear medicine.
Founded in 1958, Parkview Community Hospital is a non-profit facility with 193 beds.