• Orlando Health denies wrongdoing in response to NLRB complaint


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando Health administrators are asking federal investigators to drop the charges of unfair labor practices filed against the hospital system.
    The complaint filed with the National Labor Relations Board claims that employees were kicked off of hospital property and discriminated against because they were trying to form a union.
    Channel 9's Karla Ray got a copy of the administrators' response to the complaint.
    In the response, administrators are adamant that they did nothing wrong. Now it will be up to a judge to decide.
    The complaint accused Orlando Health administrators of violating federal labor laws 10 times.
    Employees told national investigators they were kicked off the properties of Dr. Phillips, South Seminole and Winnie Palmer hospitals for distributing information about a union.                     
    Employees have been working to form a union since pay changes were announced in August.
    "We acted in good faith.  Any actions that we took over this time period, they were legitimate, they were non discriminative, they were for business reasons," said Kena Lewis of Orlando Health.
    In their response filed late last week hospital administrators asked the NLRB to drop any charges against the hospital system.
    Administrators wrote that the hospital system "denies any wrongdoing" 30 different times in the nine page document.
    "We deny that we have committed any unfair labor practices. We are asking the court very respectfully to dismiss all charges," said Lewis.
    The complaints filed by union supporters were very specific. One even accused then-CEO Sherrie Sitarik of cornering an employee to ask about union activity.
    No date for the hearing has been set, but Orlando Health administrators have asked that the hearing be held at the end of March.

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