FAQ

Q?What is a picketing demonstration?
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A picketing demonstration is a public demonstration by a union. Picketing is not a strike or work stoppage, but may look like one from the public’s perception. Picketers may carry signs, hand out flyers and chant but not on Dimensions Healthcare System property.

Q?Is the union planning to picket at Dimensions Healthcare System facilities?
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Yes. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has delivered a 10-day notice to Dimensions Healthcare System of its intent to picket on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Glenridge Medical Center, Laurel Regional Hospital and Prince George’s Hospital Center. It is unfortunate that the union has taken this approach while both sides continue to negotiate for a new, fair contract that balances the needs of employees, the union and our system.

Q?Is a picket demonstration the same as a strike?
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No. Union members take part in picketing on their own time, when they are not on duty. During a strike, by contrast, a union asks members to refuse to work scheduled shifts and replacement workers are often brought in to fill vacancies.

Q?Are employees required to participate in a union picket?
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No. There is no requirement for any DHS employees or union members to participate in a union activity, including a picket demonstration.

Q?Do employees have the right to participate in a picket demonstration?
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Yes. Employees have the legal right to participate in a picket demonstration, but only on non-work time, such as before or after shifts or during an authorized break. All employees scheduled to work during the picket times are expected to report to work on time and work the duration of their shift.

Q?How does picketing help us reach an agreement?
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In our view, it is a distraction designed primarily to attract attention to the union. It does nothing to advance contract talks.

Q?How will picketing affect patient care?
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Our first commitment is to our patients. This means that we will work to ensure that the picketing does not disturb patients and visitors or disrupt employees getting to work.