NYU Lan­gone takes on state’s largest health­care union

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Jonathan LaMan­tia and Caroline Lewis, Crain’s New York Busi­ness

NYU Lan­gone Med­i­cal Cen­ter has pit­ted it­self against the state’s largest health­care union, 1199 SEIU, four of its chief hospi­tal com­peti­tors and a col­lec­tive-bar­gain­ing unit rep­re­sent­ing 109 not­for-profit hos­pi­tals and nurs­ing homes.

In a re­cently filed fed­eral law­suit, NYU Lan­gone al­leges that 1199 SEIU and the League of Vol­un­tary Hos­pi­tals and Homes of New York have forced it to make about $25 mil­lion in ad­di­tional pay­ments to the 1199 Ben­e­fit Fund for Health and Hu­man Ser­vice Em­ploy­ees since it with­drew from the league in March. The pay­ments cover med­i­cal, den­tal and dis­abil­ity ben­e­fits.

Other de­fen­dants in the law­suit are Mon­te­fiore Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Mount Si­nai Hospi­tal, New York-Pres­by­te­rian Hospi­tal and North­well Health’s Long Island Jewish Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

NYU Lan­gone said in the law­suit that the league’s ac­tions vi­o­lated fed­eral an­titrust law. Af­ter the with­drawal, the league no longer rep­re­sented NYU Lan­gone in ne­go­ti­a­tions with the union, but the health sys­tem was still bound by a 2014 agree­ment con­cern­ing wages and ben­e­fits and re­quired to pay dues, ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint.

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