December of 2011 ? A majority of hospital caregivers sign an open letter to management asking the hospital to do the right thing.

March of 2012 - A minority of workers file a decertification petition

March 16, 2012 - Unfair Labor Practices have been filed with a request to delay the election because of a hostile work environment

The NRLB Challenges Process

? SEIU 49 represented members at St. Charles have the right to file charges at the NLRB regarding any issues that are illegal. As the legal bargaining agent SEIU Local 49 has filed six charges that cover issues including unilateral changes to health care, surveillance of caregivers, coercion, and Illegal termination for union activity.

? The NLRB will continue to investigate both the previous and recently filed charges. Typically the charges will be combined. If the NRLB finds merit in the charges, as they have regarding the health care charge, they will issue a complaint.

? A hearing will be set with an administrative law judge who rules on the complaints. Several rulings are options to attempt to change the hostile work environment. However, none of those options include fines, or management changes.

What?s next in Bargaining?

We will continue to move forward to settle a contract that improves patient care, creates good jobs, insures job security and puts an end to contracting out jobs to the lowest bidder. We have set bargaining dates for April 3rd and 4th.

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St. Charles Response to SEIU charges

St. Charles Health System is not surprised that the Service Employees International Union has filed unfair labor practice charges attempting to block the decertification election planned for March 21.

?We believe the majority of our caregivers do not support the union and we are disappointed that this blocking charge may delay our caregivers from a free election where they can voice their opinion,? said Jay Henry, CEO of St. Charles Bend.

St. Charles will defend itself against all charges the SEIU has filed with the National Labor Relations Board.

?We have spent the past year bargaining in good faith with the SEIU and have done nothing but act in the best interest of our patients and our caregivers,? Henry said. ?We find it unfortunate that the SEIU has chosen to not only take this action, but that they have made this private issue a community matter and have inconvenienced our patients as they seek treatment at our facility.

St. Charles would also like to reassure our patients that as always, providing the best possible health care to our community is our top priority.

About St. Charles Health System

St. Charles Health System, Inc., headquartered in Bend, Oregon, owns and operates the St. Charles medical centers in Bend and Redmond, leases and operates Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Prineville and provides management services for Mountain View Hospital in Madras. SCHS is a private, not-for-profit Oregon corporation and is the largest employer in Central Oregon with more than 3,000 caregivers in Bend, Redmond and Prineville. In addition, there are more than 350 active medical staff members and nearly 200 visiting medical staff members who partner with SCHS to provide a wide range of care and service to our communities.