Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tell Pocono Medical Center to Reinstate Rafelina Now!

Tell Pocono Medical Center to Reinstate Rafelina Now!

For over a year, Pocono Medical Center (PMC) in East Stroudsburg, PA, has been illegally intimidating and harassing frontline caregivers for standing up for quality health care and good jobs in our community.

PMC’s unlawful campaign against caregivers reached a new low when the hospital illegally fired employee Rafelina Caraballo for speaking up about favoritism and mistreatment from management.

Tell PMC to reinstate Rafelina now!

Rafelina has worked at Pocono Medical Center for seven years, drawing blood for patients. A dedicated caregiver, Rafelina brings gifts to her patients on the holidays, and she was even nominated for Employee of the Month.

“Why would PMC fire someone who cares about the patients and does her job well,” Rafelina asked at a recent press conference. “What message does that send to the people in this community who depend on us?”

Rafelina Caraballo stands in front of Pocono Medical Center with her sons, from left, Albert, John, and Jeremy. PMC illegally fired Rafelina in March, when she spoke up about favoritism and mistreatment from management.

Tell PMC CEO Kathy Kuck what you think of the hospital’s unlawful actions.

The National Labor Relations Board is prosecuting PMC for more than two dozen violations of federal law, including surveillance of employees and unlawful threats. Yet PMC continues to break the law and refuses to settle a fair contract with employees.

Hospital management needs to know that our community won’t accept PMC’s mistreatment of caregivers.

Send a postcard to Kathy Kuck.

Tell her to immediately reinstate Rafelina, stop breaking the law, and work with us to settle a fair contract that ensures quality care and good jobs for the Poconos.

Thank you,

Gloria Shupp, Registration Representative
PMC Chapter President
SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania

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