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Labor law violations at Marian Manor settled
24 Sep 2001
68 major labor law violations at Marian Manor have been settled. Workers win cash payout, suspension is revoked and personnel records are cleared. A new notice about workers’ rights will be posted on all bulletin boards.
Boston – After nearly a year of legal wrangling, the National Labor Relations Board has settled 68 unfair labor practice charges with Marian Manor based on its complaint that managers had unlawfully interfered with employees’ rights.

The government had charged Marian Manor’s management with unlawful threats, interrogation, coercion, and retaliation against employees for supporting a union – including firing two supporters.

“It’s about time,” said Augusta Joseph reacting to the news. “Now hopefully we can move forward on issues like staffing to improve the quality of care.” Joseph is a CNA and one of the leaders of the union at Marian Manor.

Two fired workers won substantial cash settlements totaling $23,000 and an employee who was unlawfully suspended will be given back pay for the time she was out of work. All references to the unfair discipline will be removed from the employees’ personnel files.

Marian Manor will also be required to post a notice on all of its employee bulletin boards that it will not engage in any of the unlawful activities listed above. The posting must remain up for 60 days.

Representatives from SEIU Local 285 refused to sign the settlement with the NLRB because it fell far short of a remedy that would restore a fair environment for employees to freely make a decision about forming a union. After approval by the NLRB’s Regional Director (considered routine), the settlement will clear the way for employees to vote in an election supervised by the Labor Board to determine if a majority desires to join Local 285.

Workers at Marian Manor have been attempting to organize a union since August 2000 when a majority signed union membership cards and requested that management voluntarily begin talks with workers about pay and staffing.

Marian Manor – the largest nursing home in the Commonwealth – is owned by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, a Catholic religious order based in Germantown, NY.

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