• Duggan Campaign Rewrites His Anti-Union History

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    Radio appearance contains falsehoods about treatment of nurses at DMC


    REGINA H. BOONE/Detroit Free Press

    REGINA H. BOONE/Detroit Free Press

    Potential Detroit mayoral candidate Mike Duggan’s campaign responded to concerns about the Detroit Medical Center CEO’s reputation as a union buster today with an astonishing string of falsehoods.

    In an interview on “First Shift With Tony Trupiano,” Duggan’s committee chairman Conrad Mallett Jr. made misstatements about multiple aspects of an organizing drive initiated by DMC nurses in 2007. The drive was supported by the Michigan Nurses Association, other unions and a broad coalition of community members and organizations, faith leaders, and local and state elected officials.

    An audio clip of Mallett’s statement on Tony Trupiano’s show and a sampling of some of the many supporting documents from MNA are posted at  www.minurses.org/thetruthaboutduggan.  Mallett is DMC’s chief administrative officer.

    Here are some of the inaccuracies that Mallett, who is currently a chief administrative officer at DMC, made on the Tony Trupiano show today:

    Duggan campaign falsehood: DMC was “not resistant” to the DMC nurses’ efforts to organize

    Truth: DMC administration, led by Duggan, waged a sustained campaign of intimidation, threats and misinformation against DMC nurses, leading to Unfair Labor Practice charges and involvement of the National Labor Relations Board. Hostile administration actions against nurses included surveillance, retaliation, interrogations and banning pro-union literature while sending excessive amounts of anti-union propaganda to nurses’ homes.

    Duggan campaign falsehood: “The employees turned the nurses’ union down”

    Truth: DMC administration, led by Duggan, suppressed the organizing effort and dragged its feet through interminable labor board proceedings and insisted on packing the voting group with supervisors and managers. DMC nurses chose not to hold anelection under these hostile circumstances.

    Read more falsehoods on National Nurses United

    Sources: Tony Trupiano interview with Conrad Mallett Jr., Sept. 27, 2012; MNA research and documentation; the clip and a sampling of documentation is available at http://www.minurses.org/thetruthaboutduggan

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