Published On: Wed, Feb 22nd, 2012

NLRB Finds Pattern of Labor Law Violations at Puerto Rico Hospital, Orders Employees Reinstated

A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administrative law judge has found that a hospital in Puerto Rico repeatedly violated federal labor laws by changing work conditions – including the elimination of an entire department – without bargaining with the union representing the employees.

Judge Geoffrey Carter, in his Feb. 2 decision, ordered Quality Health Services of Puerto Rico, Inc., doing business as Hospital San Cristobal, to offer reinstatement to eight discharged respiratory therapists. The company was also ordered to stop subcontracting hospital work without bargaining with the union.

Citing the Ponce hospital’s “pattern of making unlawful unilateral changes to working conditions”, the judge also issued a broad remedial order requiring it to cease and desist from further violations.

This is the third adverse decision by an administrative law judge against the hospital in two years.

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