Thursday May 6, 2010
Union says W.Va. agency violated free speech
by The Associated Press
A public workers union is accusing the state Department of Health and Human Resources of violating the First Amendment by banning leafleting on state hospitals' property.
Field organizer John Thompson with the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America says the DHHR has told union members passing out leaflets at employee entrances to leave.
Last week, the ACLU of West Virginia sent a letter on behalf of the union to Behavioral Health and Health Facilities Commissioner Vickie Jones. The letter seeks an explanation by May 14 of how the alleged violations will be addressed.DHHR spokesman John Law said Wednesday the agency would comply with all state and federal laws when dealing with organizations seeking contact with employees.