Howard Brown Health Reinstates Workers Following NLRB Settlement Recommendations

(Chicago, IL, August 29, 2023) – Howard Brown Health reinstated former employees as part of a plan to follow the recommendations outlined in a proposed settlement from Region 13 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The health center is also working with union partners to establish backpay for employees whose positions were terminated in January.

“We remain committed to seek a positive relationship with the union while ensuring that quality patient services remain accessible,” said David Ernesto Munar, President and CEO of Howard Brown Health. “As we quickly move forward, our top priority is our patients who need the critical, affirming health care services only we can provide.”

Howard Brown continues to negotiate with union representatives to reach a mutually agreeable contract with the workforce, participating in weekly bargaining meetings. The agency maintains its intention to bargain in good faith as it strives to stabilize its financial position.

Since last fall, Howard Brown has worked to close a $12 million revenue shortfall set off by severe losses in federal program funding. In addition to a workforce reduction, the agency pursued non-personnel cost savings and revenue-generating opportunities, including eliminating or reducing spending, implementing leadership pay cuts, and establishing efficiencies in care delivery.


Howard Brown Health is a federally qualified health center serving more than 40,000 adults and youth at 11 clinics on the North, South, and Northwest Sides of Chicago. Howard Brown offers a range of key services including primary medical care, HIV/STI prevention and youth services. The Midwest’s largest LGBTQ+ health care clinic continually provides health care services and programs to all patients, regardless of their health insurance coverage status and ability to pay.

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