BEND, OR -- The Oregon Nurses Association is accusing St. Charles Health System of unfair labor practices. The union’s claims involve a new policy imposed this year, requiring all caregivers to either get a flu shot or wear a mask at all times while at work.
St. Charles officials stand by the policy, saying their highest priority is to protect patients and caregivers. They say the policy is modeled after similar rules in place at many other health systems across the state and the nation.
SCHS released a statement Wednesday, saying, "We have confidence the National Labor Relations Board will agree that this policy change is not subject to bargaining and will affirm our position and approach in protecting patients and caregivers."