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Release: Jan. 9, 2001
UI Hospitals and Clinics files appeal following judge's ruling
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics announced
today that it has filed a notice of appeal from the proposed decision of the
Administrative Law Judge finding against the hospital in reference to its
policy on distribution of literature by the union inside the hospital. Joseph
E. Flynn, counsel for the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, filed the appeal
today on behalf of UI Hospitals and Clinics.
Flynn also released a copy of a letter delivered by facsimile on Monday
morning, Jan. 8 to Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and its counsel
requesting a meeting between the two parties at which time Flynn said that
the Hospital would present a new proposal aimed at settling both the distribution
of literature inside Hospital entrances case, as well as the previously proposed
ruling on the case involving relocation of an employee's office, which has
also been appealed by the UI Hospitals and Clinics.
Flynn said "that while technically the Hospital needed to preserve
its appeal rights by filing a notice of appeal within the 20-day appeal period,
it is the strong desire of the Hospital to find common ground with the union
which would permit the parties to put these two matters behind them and concentrate
efforts on current matters of mutual interest."
According to John Staley, associate director and chief operating officer
of UI Hospitals and Clinics, "The hospital wishes to continue developing
a more collegial and cooperative atmosphere in its relations with the union."
He added that "this will permit both parties to focus on building a positive
Flynn acknowledged that there are different perceptions on the two issues
between the hospital and the union but expressed optimism that common ground
could be found and that the Hospital would make significant overtures of compromise
in an effort to resolve these cases. Flynn also noted that these matters had
previously been close to settlement during earlier attempts to mediate the
cases by the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board (PERB).
For additional information, contact Flynn at (651) 222-2811 or Staley at
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the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
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