If you are in the health care industry and have several facilities, it might be convenient to have one union represent all your employees. Just don’t expect the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to buy that argument.
It’s likely to approve a union election for one facility if that’s what a union seeking to represent the employees proposes.
Recent case: When a union petitioned to represent emergency medical technicians in three skill categories at one facility, the employer argued that the union should have to represent employees across all the employer’s facilities.
The NLRB disagreed and concluded that the relevant employees at the single facility should decide whether they wanted the ultimate say in union representation of their interests. (Healtheast Care System v. International Association of EMTs and Paramedics, No. 18-RC-142171, NLRB, 2015)
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