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Labor contract fight brewing as medical office worker union, Auburn Community Hospital attempt negotiations

Union leaders that represent over 100 employees at a number of medical offices and an urgent care associated with Auburn Memorial Medical say it has refused to bargain appropriately and has worked in bad faith.

1199SEIU filed charges against Auburn Memorial Medical Services this week, according to The Citizen. They filed the complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.

Officials with the Union say that AMMS is using a stall tactic of the sorts to break the union workers. To date, they are also accused of not putting any substantive counter offers on the table.


The National Labor Relations Act makes it illegal to engage in bad faith or ‘surface bargaining’. That’s negotiating without the intent of reaching an agreement.

Union reps say they are ultimately seeking fair wages and job security. “The process of reaching another agreement on a totally new contract for employees who perform a wide range of specialized work in multiple physicians’ offices is particularly challenging. Not to mention the fact that there are few, if any, physician offices in New York state represented by a union,” an official with Auburn Community Hospital told The Citizen. They recently just settled a labor contract with the nurses union at Auburn Community Hospital.



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