Being accused of wrongdoing without evidence to back it up is not only wrong, but it is unjust, especially when you have been suspended from work without pay.

That’s exactly what happened to a healthcare worker represented by 1199SEIU at Tenet-affiliated Palmetto General Hospital who was suspended after being accused of using a patient’s telephone. However, thanks to a strong union contract that includes fair policies regarding employee conduct, justice was served and the worker was reinstated with back pay and an apology for the time she was suspended.

Without a union contract to ensure that fair policies and procedures are implemented, this worker could have unjustly lost her job despite there being no witnesses or evidence of wrongdoing. Because her 1199SEIU brothers and sisters worked tirelessly to negotiate a fair union contract, this worker can continue working diligently to ensure the patients at Palmetto General Hospital receive the care they need and deserve.

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