October 4, 2006


Union leaders assail labor ruling (Barbara Rose, 10/04/06, Chicago Tribune)

More employees could be classified as supervisors and barred from joining unions under a far-reaching ruling released Tuesday by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

The board, in a 3-2 decision, said nurses whose regular duties include assigning nursing staff to patients during their shifts meet a key legal test for supervisor, whether or not they consider themselves part of management.

These so-called "charge nurses" exercise "independent judgment" when making assignments — another statutory hallmark of a supervisor, the board said.

"The immediate implications are devastating to workers in the health-care industry ... where professional employees direct or assign the work of others," AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said in a statement.

Unions said the decision would dramatically boost the number of employees barred from joining unions, stripping millions of workers of their rights to organize while hitting professional and experienced workers hardest.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 4, 2006 12:00 AM
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