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This is the first time in the history of Medstar Washington Hospital Center (their flagship hospital) or any of the Medstar hospital affiliates, that their security department have successfully unionized, though through the years several attempts were made to unionize.
Steve Maritas, LEOSU-DC Organizing Director stated the battle to unionize the Special Police Officers, Public Safety Officers and Dispatchers working at Medstar Washington Hospital Center was not an easy task, given the fact that Medstar Management had given some of the officers illegal $4 to $5 dollar raises to influence the vote, which is prohibited under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) during an ongoing union campaign. see notice package.
The following are examples of conduct that interfere with the rights of employees and may result in setting aside of the election:
• Threatening loss of jobs or benefits by an Employer or a Union
• Promising or granting promotions, pay raises, or other benefits, to influence an employee’s vote by a party capable of carrying out such promises
• An Employer firing employees to discourage or encourage union activity or a Union causing them to be fired to encourage union activity
• Making campaign speeches to assembled groups of employees on company time, where attendance is mandatory, within the 24-hour period before the polls for the election first open or the mail ballots are dispatched in a mail ballot election
• Incitement by either an Employer or a Union of racial or religious prejudice by inflammatory appeals
• Threatening physical force or violence to employees by a Union or an Employer to influence their votes
In addition Medstar Management blocked the union from sending emails on their system which was illegal under the NLRA and made it more difficult for the Union LEOSU-DC to communicate with these officers. Despite these setbacks the Union found a way to communicate our message by first putting out a press release that was sent to the media, and thereafter having NBC Washington TV News Station run a story on its morning and nightly news broadcast about the officers struggles.
Despite the union-busting-tactics used by Medstar Washington Hospital Center, the Medstar Officers never lost site as to what was really going on at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, noting why they were looking to unionize with LEOSU-DC as noted below and in an email blast.
- Officers were REPRIMANDED FOR SPEAKING UP
- The entire Special Police force was threatened to be “replaced” by contract security
- Key positions were ELIMINATED
- Employees were THREATENED for minor violations
- Programs vital to the Safety of the Hospital were suspended or eliminated all together (K-9, Special Response Teams, Honor Guard)
- The department was HUMILIATED by email
- Employees were FORCED into UNIFORMS WITH NO BULLET PROOF VEST PROTECTION
- Employees are forced to “Stay Over” for “Mandatory Meetings” after long shifts
- They decided to “Reduce the number of guns”
- Employees are regularly “drafted” after long hours to help shifts because of bad scheduling
AND THERE IS STILL NO POLICY FOR PATIENT ELOPEMENTS
We now welcome all Medstar Washington Hospital Center Special Police Officers, Public Safety Officers and Dispatchers into our family as we set the course for collective bargaining to protect their rights, wages and benefits.
The Law Enforcement Officers Security Unions (LEOSU-DC) is also in communications with several other Medstar Hospital sites whereby the Special Police Officers SPO’s working at these individual Medstar hospital locations are looking to organize a security union with the LEOSU-DC.
WASHINGTON — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced proposed regulations Thursday that would require special police officers be trained in areas including the proper use of force, conflict de-escalation, dealing with the mentally ill and active shooter situations.
The deaths of two individuals while in the custody of special police officers have led to a push to change the regulations that govern those officers. They can be hired by companies or individuals to protect a specific location. They have arrest powers at that location and also can be authorized to carry a gun.
Last year, a 74-year-old patient of MedStar Washington Hospital Center died after an altercation with two officers, and a 27-year-old man died after being taken into custody by guards at an apartment complex in Southeast D.C. The two officers involved in the hospital incident have pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges and have been removed from their jobs.