BSEIU & Hopkins
Union Study Offer Made to Hospital
AFL-CIO Organizer Submits Plan to Hopkins Director
By Frank P.L. Somerville
The Sun (September 22, 1959)
The AFL-CIO yesterday proposed that any one of six
mediators be allowed to judge whether a union seeking recognition by the
Johns Hopkins Hospital has the backing of a majority of the employees in
Oliver W. Singleton, AFL-CIO Region 4 director, made
the proposals in reply to objections by the hospital that the group
seeking recognition did not represent a majority of some 1,000
No NLRB Jurisdiction. Acknowledging that the National
Labor Relations Board has no jurisdiction in disputes involving hospital
workers, Mr. Singleton urged the Hopkins management to throw the
question open to:
1. A proper agency of the State of Maryland.
2. An agent or agency of the mayor of Baltimore.
3. Any five clergymen.
4. A tripartite board made up of hospital directors,
union representatives and impartial members.
5. A panel of three selected court judges.
6. Any single citizen acceptable to both parties.
Study Is Promised. Dr. Russell A. Nelson, director of
the Johns Hopkins Hospital, said yesterday after receipt of Mr.
Singleton's letter that "we will give his suggestions full and
A previous exchange of correspondence was made public
Saturday in which the AFL-CIO regional director asked the Hopkins to
recognize Hospital Employees Local 491, while the hospital refused on
the basis that the collective bargaining agent did not represent the
majority it claimed.
Mr. Singleton wrote Dr. Nelson yesterday that
"three points stand out" in the reasoning behind the
hospital's refusal to deal with the union.
According to the union official, they are:
1. "Your improper refusal to recognize the
collective bargaining rights of your lower paid workers, despite the
fact that hospitals have historically and traditionally recognized the
right of group association by nurses and doctors and other higher-paid
2. "Your seeming shock that your employees may
have joined an organization . . . empowered to question decisions that
might affect working conditions. . . ."
Mr. Singleton said he believed that this point
"will prove to be a passing thing" because "in a
democratic society we all learn that there is no such thing as
unquestioned authority" and that "workers in fact have the
right to question management's unilateral decisions."
Joining Right Noted. "Your statement that you do
not believe that a majority of the employees specified . . . have joined
or desire to join the . . . union."
Quoting Dr. Nelson as saying that "we recognize
the right of our employees to join unions," Mr. Singleton declared:
"Of course, such recognition in all
reasonableness demands recognition of the attendant right of collective
bargaining, otherwise it is completely incongruous."
The union spokesman then made his proposal that
"the matter be solved in the same way the national Labor relations
Board settles questions of representation" but with the
substitution of any of the mentioned third parties for the NLRB.
Strike Seen "Unlikely." "We accept our
responsibilities to the community and with sincere respect urge you to
realize that your position violates the basic rights of a free people
and could generate disharmony, inimitable to the public welfare,"
Mr. Singleton wrote Dr. Nelson.
As to the possibility of a strike at the medical
institution, the union official said yesterday: "A strike is
possible, of course, but I believe highly unlikely."
He then went on to say that strike could "only
come about through the continued and persistent refusal" by the
hospital to recognize the union.
Opposes "Pressures." In addition to stating
his belief that the petitioning union did not represent a majority of
the hospital employees concerned, the Hopkins director had written Mr.
Singleton that dealing with a collective bargaining agent "would be
incompatible with the sole purpose of our existence and inimitable to
those we serve."
"Our service to the public has been developed in
an atmosphere in which the board of trustees and the hospital
administration have been free to pursue our objectives without the
pressures exerted by organized groups contending for their own economic
benefit," the hospital director had argued.
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