Friday, January 24, 2014

The people have decided

"But L+M's take-no-prisoners stance - the current case started with a NLRB ruling in favor of the union complaint - seems surprising for a community institution."  So Says David Collins, who is not a union member, not a union organizer, but a staff columnist for The Day Newspaper.
It's an expensive stance, as Mr. Collins points out, with a team of Boston lawyers and CEO Bruce Cummings' "big team of vice presidents, each paid in the hundreds of thousands of dollars per year" looking on as Cummings took the stand.
"Even with it's tens of millions stashed offshore, L+M is still a product of the community," Mr Collins continues.

Hospitals across this state and indeed, across this country, are watching this trial.
I fear they are watching to see what L+M gets away with, so that they may try the same.

If so, they are completely missing the point.

They should be watching to see, whatever the outcome of the trial, how L+M has already lost.
They have lost the community's support, the very community they were built to serve.

Healthcare institutions, and hospitals in particular, do not exist to make large personal profits for the people at the top of the corporate ladder.
They exist for one reason and one reason only, to care for the sick and their families.
They have an ethical responsibility to do so.
The trial will be decided in Hartford, but the people of Connecticut have already decided.

How do you find in the case of L+M not upholding it's ethical responsibility to the community it serves?
In the case of L+M illegally firing it's own workers, replacing them, and denying those replacement workers collective bargaining rights?
In the case of L+M illegally locking out it's own workers for three weeks?
How say you people of Connecticut?


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