The NLRB’s three-Democrat panel of board members declared SEIU Healthcare Michigan violated the labor rights of a member of its union staff on Friday.
The intra-union fighting stemmed from SEIU’s refusal to hand over discharge grievance files to former employee Sara Vitale, a violation of the National Labor Relations Act.
The NLRB’s Detroit office ordered the union to turn over the requested files in August. SEIU officials ignored the request, leading to an appeal to the NLRB.
“Since about Dec. 21, 2011, and continuing to date, the [union] has failed and refused to provide [Vitale] with a copy of the requested file,” the NLRB ruled. “[SEIU] has breached its duty of fair representation owed to … the employees in the unit.”