After three attempts by WSNA to negotiate with Peace­Health over its unilat­eral imple­men­ta­tion of its vaccine mandate, including its decision to place nurses with medical or religious exemp­tions on unpaid leave of absence as of September 1, Peace­Health stopped responding to us. Because Peace­Health was refusing to respond to (let alone bargain with) the Union (which it is legally obliged to do), we filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board last week and requested that the Board file for an injunc­tion against Peace­Health. Specif­i­cally, we asked the Board to enjoin Peace­Health from putting exempt nurses on leaves of absence, which would devas­tate staffing even further because it has not bargained with us. Currently, the Board is collecting evidence to deter­mine whether it will go into federal court and request an injunc­tion. We should know in the next several days what the Board will do.

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