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Release: Jan. 9, 2001

UI Hospitals and Clinics files appeal following judge's ruling

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics announced today that it has filed a notice of appeal from the proposed decision of the Administrative Law Judge finding against the hospital in reference to its policy on distribution of literature by the union inside the hospital. Joseph E. Flynn, counsel for the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, filed the appeal today on behalf of UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Flynn also released a copy of a letter delivered by facsimile on Monday morning, Jan. 8 to Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and its counsel requesting a meeting between the two parties at which time Flynn said that the Hospital would present a new proposal aimed at settling both the distribution of literature inside Hospital entrances case, as well as the previously proposed ruling on the case involving relocation of an employee's office, which has also been appealed by the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Flynn said "that while technically the Hospital needed to preserve its appeal rights by filing a notice of appeal within the 20-day appeal period, it is the strong desire of the Hospital to find common ground with the union which would permit the parties to put these two matters behind them and concentrate efforts on current matters of mutual interest."

According to John Staley, associate director and chief operating officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics, "The hospital wishes to continue developing a more collegial and cooperative atmosphere in its relations with the union." He added that "this will permit both parties to focus on building a positive working relationship."

Flynn acknowledged that there are different perceptions on the two issues between the hospital and the union but expressed optimism that common ground could be found and that the Hospital would make significant overtures of compromise in an effort to resolve these cases. Flynn also noted that these matters had previously been close to settlement during earlier attempts to mediate the cases by the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board (PERB).

For additional information, contact Flynn at (651) 222-2811 or Staley at (319) 356-2681.

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