In recent years, unions have pushed to organize well-compensated professionals. In response, employers have argued that those professionals form part of theteam and, therefore, are not eligible for union representation.
Last month, the employers' view won out. In a long-anticipated decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) voted 3-2 that nurses who run shifts at health care facilities are management supervisors who aren't eligible for union membership.
The case carries implications for other employees who exercise some supervisory functions, especially in the service sector. AFL-CIO President John Sweeney estimated that the ruling could affect 8 million employees in fields from accounting to food service.
Nearly 200 registered nurses work at an acute-care facility in Michigan. All provide direct patient care and the facility classifies some as charge nurses. A charge nurse oversees other n...(register to read more)