Nurses union files charges against St. Mary Corwin

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A Colorado nurses’ organization has filed federal a suit against St. Mary Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo.

The National Nurses Organizing Committee- Colorado alleges the system violated federal law by harassing and retaliating against nurses who favor union representation.

The NNOC is an affiliate of National Nurses United, the largest nurses union.

The National Labor Relations Board in Denver, which oversees labor relations, will now conduct an investigation to determine whether the nurses’ constitutional rights are being broken.

Nurses at St. Mary Corwin are seeking collective representation with NNOC to improve patient care and standards for nursing.

Among the charges: punitive discipline against three nurses for talking about NNOC, illegal spying on nurses, unlawful harassment, illegal alternating work duties to block interaction with other nurses.

Officials at St. Mary Corwin were unavailable for comment Thursday afternoon.

St. Mary Corwin is owned by Centura Health, which also owns Penrose-St. Francis Health Services in Colorado Springs.