NLRB charges nursing home that alleged use of voodoo

Associated Press, August 9, 2002

MIAMI — A nursing home that accused union organizers of using voodoo tactics has been accused by federal officials of mistreating workers.

The National Labor Relations Board said it found evidence of illegal surveillance, threats and firings at Mount Sinai-St. Francis Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in suburban Miami Shores. The NLRB granted workers a Nov. 12 hearing before a labor judge.

After the Service Employees International Union won an organizing election Feb. 28, nursing home management accused organizers of using voodoo tactics to scare workers, many of whom are of Haitian descent, into voting yes.

In an NLRB hearing, some promanagement employees said they saw lines of pennies, half-empty cups of water and a prounion employee twisting black beads in her hands, which they took as voodoo signs and veiled threats.

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