Beaumont Royal Oak nurses are fighting for a union, management has spent $2 million trying to stop them

Union busting nurses

Eric Starkman has a very interesting piece about Michigan nurses’ efforts to form a union. Here are some experts:

“Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), who play a critical role in the flagship hospital’s lucrative surgical business, have overwhelmingly supported a union drive to combat what they warn are “unsafe” staffing conditions…

Beaumont COO Carolyn Wilson announced last June that anesthesia and pain management procedures at Royal Oak, Troy, and Grosse Pointe would be outsourced beginning Jan. 1 to Texas-based NorthStar Anesthesia, a controversial firm nicknamed “Death Star” because of its reputation for staffing hospitals with sometimes-mediocre anesthesiologists and CRNAs. NorthStar’s model is to provide hospitals with staffing levels that meet minimum safety requirements. The model lets the company undercut other outsourcing providers…

Beaumont’s management under Fox and Wilson is vehemently opposed to organized labor and spent nearly $2 million on a union-busting effort so successful that the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) issued a statementsaying that Beaumont’s ‘climate of fear’ was too formidable to overcome. The MNA cried uncle and said they would no longer support union certification efforts at Beaumont.”

Read the entire story here.