Thursday, February 24, 2011

Crossing the Line on Unionization

February 24, 2011

Recently, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a public notice that it may change its determination of how nursing home employees unionize. Prompted by a recent court case, the Board is considering allowing for multiple bargaining units based on job title, which means several units would represent the staff of one facility. Such a divisive change could result in a negative impact on the quality of integrated care necessary for the elderly, higher unit labor costs, and an overall increase in health care costs for our fastest growing and most vulnerable patient population.

AHCA/NCAL submitted testimony on the issue earlier this month during a hearing by the House Education & Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor & Pensions. The testimony argues that the NLRB is, in effect, abusing its discretionary authority to change how workers in nursing and assisted living facilities unionize. The testimony also states that, cloaked as rulemaking, the NLRB is engaging in legislation through a recent proposed rule regarding posting employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act. This movement, previously under Congressional oversight, is unprecedented and alarming.

Read more in AHCA/NCAL’s testimony online.

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