1199 SEIU Files Unfair Labor Practice Charges Against Fifteen Medical Practices and an Urgent Care Center Affiliated with Auburn Community Hospital for ‘Bad Faith’ Bargaining

Workers Say Management’s Strategy To Extend Contract Negotiations Is An Attempt To Bust Their Union

On Monday, June 28, 1199SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East, filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against Auburn Memorial Medical Services (AMMS) citing conduct of ‘Bad Faith’ Bargaining. The union alleges that the employer engaged in bargaining with no intentions of reaching an agreement, which is illegal under federal labor law.

Throughout nearly three years of contract negotiations, the lawyer representing AMMS doctors, Raymond J. Pascucci (Bond, Schoenick & King), has repeatedly come to negotiations without substantive counter-proposals. Pascucci has presented union members with only a single wage offer and has made no meaningful movement on several mandatory issues of bargaining in the last six months.

Auburn Memorial Medical Services is the managing body for many well-known physician groups and practices in and around Auburn, NY. These locations include:

Upstate Urology of Auburn (SUNY Upstate Partner, Dr. Sidebottom)
161 Genesee Street, Suite 106, Auburn, NY 13021

Auburn Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Dr. Graney, Dr. McSwain, & Dr. Archer)
161 Genesee St, Suite 203, Auburn, NY 13021

  • Children’s Health Specialists (Dr. Gioia, Dr. Rashid & Dr. Irri)
    37 W Garden Street, Suite 203, Auburn, NY 13021
  • Urgent Care of Auburn (Dr. McSwain)
    37 W. Garden Street, Suite 105, Auburn, NY 13021
  • Auburn Regional Diabetes & Endocrinology (Dr. Iqbal)
    37 W. Garden Street, Suite 201, Auburn, NY 13021
  • Auburn Primary Care (Dr. Rooney, Dr. Zafar, Dr. Ripon,
    Emma Dizon, FNP-C, & Linda Lupo, RN, MS, FNP)
    37 West Garden Street, Suite 201, Auburn, NY 13021
  • Auburn Gastroenterology (Dr. Avanzato, Dr. Klotz, Amy Secor, NP)
    17 E. Genesee Street, Suite 101, Auburn, NY 13021
  • AMMS Psychiatry (Dr. Kowalski & Dr. Bilal)
    17 E. Genesee Street, Suite 101, Auburn, NY 13021
  • Neurology Services of Auburn (Dr. Ma & Dr. Hancock)
    17 E. Genesee Street, Suite 101, Auburn, NY 13021
  • Auburn Obstetrics & Gynecology (Dr. Paul, Dr. Van Riper, Dr. MacDonald, & Dr. Calzolaio)
    17 Lansing St., Auburn, NY 13021
  • Auburn Orthopaedic Specialists (Dr. Iannolo, Dr. Tallerico, Dr. Teixeria, Dr. Wilson & Steve Kieb, PA) 77 Nelson Street, Suite 130 & Suite 210, Auburn, NY 13021
  • Auburn ENT Services
    77 Nelson Street, Suite 240, Auburn, NY 13021
  • Surgical Services of Auburn (Dr. Kasulke, Dr. MacLaughlin, Dr. Sharma, & Dr. Sherburne)
    77 Nelson Street, Suite 320, Auburn, NY 13021
  • AMMS Nephrology (Dr. Zhao & Dr. Kau)
    77 Nelson St, Suite 240, Auburn, NY 13021
  • Auburn Podiatry Associates (Dr. Meisenburg)
    77 Nelson Street, Suite 210, Auburn, NY 13021
  • Trinity Family Medicine (Dr. Boyle)
    8 Hulbert Street, Suite A, Auburn, NY 13021

1199 SEIU represents 103 Registered Nurses, LPNs, X-ray Techs, Medical Assistants, and receptionists who work in the doctors’ offices and urgent care center and have persevered through the COVID-19 pandemic to provide quality care to Cayuga County.

“We just want to be treated fairly. Fair wages, secure benefits, and job security isn’t asking that much. Management has dragged negotiations on so long that many of my co-workers feel that there’s no hope and we will always be treated this way. Our community recognizes our sacrifices over this past year but the doctors and the employer we work for do not,” says Laurie Lupien a LPN at Urgent Care of Auburn.

On Thursday, July 1, AMMS healthcare workers and union allies will hold lunchtime pickets at several offices and a press conference to highlight the unfair bargaining strategies AMMS and their lawyer have used to extent contract negotiations and deny healthcare heroes the wages, guaranteed benefits, and job security they deserve.