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Two UIHC workers are facing disciplinary measures


IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- Two University of Iowa Health Care workers are facing disciplinary actions. The pair are accused of placing a baby monitor in a urology department office, with the intent of listening to staff conversations.

In a statement Thursday, UIHC representatives said "appropriate disciplinary action has been taken" against two unnamed UI Hospitals and Clinics staff members involved in the incident. The statement said details of their discipline are considered confidential personnel information.

"I think what should have happened is the managers should just have come out and talked to the people. I think its really that basic. Putting a device in to listen was just really a bad idea," said John Stellmach, President of the AFSCME Local 12 union.

What Stellmach is calling a bad idea, is now the center of a hospital investigation. Two University of Iowa Health Care workers are facing disciplinary actions.

All because of a hidden baby monitor, seen in photographs taken by workers plugged in and turned on. The university contends, no one actually monitored any conversations, but the workers filing complaints say otherwise.

"They were told by the two managers that they had been listened to, that was admitted to them, and they stand behind that and we stand behind them," said Stallmach.

Stallmach believes this is exactly why unions are important -- to give support and guidance to a worker, who believes her rights are being violated.

"The hospital has its own board that governs it, it's part of the University of Iowa, which is part of the Board of Regents. But they don't really answer to anybody. So there has to be checks and balances," he said.

Stallmach said they will continue to represent the five workers who filed the complaint. They want to ensure there is no backlash from this, but so far, the workers believe their peers are supportive of the actions.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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