MUSC Board will consider changes to employee grievance policy

In January, members of Healthcare Workers United held protest signs during an MUSC Board of Trustees meeting. For many months, the group has asked for higher wages and a fairer grievance process. The MUSC Board will consider changes to its grievance process this week.

The Medical University of South Carolina will consider changes to its employee grievance policy during the Board of Trustees meeting Friday.

Labor rights protesters have petitioned the MUSC board for more than a year to change the employee grievance process. Protesters contend that the existing policy is unfair and that minimum wage workers have no meaningful voice in the process.

Leonard Riley and Thomas Dixon, who have organized the Healthcare Workers United protests, told the Board of Trustees in February that some MUSC employees can’t afford outside legal counsel during grievance proceedings and that MUSC should somehow offer their workers access to a lawyer. They recommended a number of other changes to the existing grievance policy, too, including the suggestion that some members of the appointed grievance panel should be elected by employees.

If the board decides to change the policy, MUSC attorney Annette Drachman said board members would discuss and vote on the changes during a public meeting Friday.

During committees meetings Thursday, the board learned that MUSC will likely break ground on the $385 million children’s hospital in August. The project will be complete in 2019.

A new $40 million ambulatory center has been planned for West Ashley on Glenn McConnell Parkway.

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