Ontario hospital nurses’ union files federal complaint over contract issues

Shelves are stocked with supplies in the emergency department at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center . The department sees about 20,000 patients a year. (The Enterprise/file)

ONTARIO – The union that represents nurses at Ontario’s hospital recently filed a federal complaint asserting the corporation that owns the medical center acted illegally regarding a labor contract. The union seeks nearly $4,000 in back pay for each Ontario nurse.

The Oregon Nurses Association filed the complaint with the National Labor Relations Board in April. The complaint asserts Trinity Health refused to recognize the union, bargained in bad faith and declined to bargain with the employee organization. According to the union, it represents about 84 nurses at the Ontario hospital.

“We were told by the hospital that nurses did not want to be represented by ONA anymore. So basically . . .