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File Number: 040441
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File Number: 040441 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-249-04 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AT PAN AMERICAN HOSPITAL Introduced: 2/9/2004
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 2/17/2004
Agenda Date: 2/17/2004 Agenda Item Number: 10A4
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF EMPLOYEES' EFFORTS TO ENGAGE IN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AT PAN AMERICAN HOSPITAL
Indexes: COLLECTIVE BARGAINING UNITS
  HOSPITALS
Sponsors: Natacha Seijas, Prime Sponsor
  Jimmy L. Morales, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 2/17/2004 10A4 Adopted P
REPORT: County Attorney Robert A. Ginsburg read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Chairperson Rolle recognized the following individuals who spoke in support of this resolution: •Ms. Martha Baker, 1685 Cleveland Road, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) local 1991, representing Jackson Memorial Hospital healthcare workers •Ms. Marietta Vasquez, 2987 NW 99 Place, Pan American hospital Registered Nurse Commissioner Sosa suggested that elected officials get more involved in this resolution in support of employees' efforts to engage in collective bargaining at Pan American Hospital. There being no other discussion, the Board proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution.

Governmental Operations and Environment Committee 2/10/2004 3Q Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Chairperson Seijas apologized for the foregoing resolution being placed on the agenda late. She stated the Committee could forward this resolution to the County Commission without a recommendation, if so desired. Commissioner Sosa requested that she be informed of issues affecting her district prior to those issues being forwarded for Committee review. It was moved by Commissioner Sosa that the foregoing resolution be forwarded to the County Commission without a recommendation. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Diaz. Following clarification by Chairperson Seijas that the Committee could forward this resolution to the County Commission with or without a recommendation, it was moved by Commissioner Sosa that the foregoing motion be reconsidered. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Diaz, and upon being put to a vote, passed by a vote of 5-0, (Commissioner Souto was absent). Commissioner Sosa requested that all employees affiliated with Pan American Hospital be included in the proposed resolution. The Committee by motion duly made, seconded and carried, forwarded the foregoing resolution to the County Commission with a favorable recommendation.

County Attorney 2/9/2004 Assigned Governmental Operations and Environment Committee 2/10/2004

County Attorney 2/9/2004 Assigned Lee Kraftchick 2/9/2004

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF EMPLOYEES' EFFORTS TO ENGAGE IN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AT PAN AMERICAN HOSPITAL

BODY
WHEREAS, nurses, technicians and service employees of Pan American Hospital have expressed their desire to form a union or unions to represent them at Pan American Hospital; and
WHEREAS, such employees have voted in elections conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB); and
WHEREAS, such employees have voted in overwhelming numbers in favor of unionization; and

WHEREAS, Pan American Hospital has declined to recognize its employees' right to be represented by a union in collective bargaining; and
WHEREAS, Pan American Hospital has filed challenges to the NLRB elections; and
WHEREAS, allegations have arisen that Hospital employees were terminated because they supported unionization,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Encourages the Hospital to withdraw its challenges to the NLRB elections and to recognize its employees' rights and desires to be represented by a union.
Section 2. Urges the Hospital to commence good faith bargaining with its employees' choice of union representatives.
Section 3. Urges the Hospital to reconsider any decisions to terminate employees in the wake of the elections to ensure that no such termination was related to any legitimate union activity.



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