Long-term care groups fight National Labor Relations Board on collective bargaining issue

Share this article:

More than 50 long-term care organizations banded together Tuesday in an effort to maintain current collective bargaining procedures for healthcare unions. A National Labor Relations Board proposal would change the way in which it determines the composition of bargaining units in long-term care facilities.

The NLRB is considering a review of a decades-old decision, referred to as Park Manor Care Center, 305 NLRB 872 (1992). Park Manor prevents bargaining units in long-term care facilities from fracturing and proliferating into single-job title groups, and establishes a “community of interest” standard. In their “friend of the court” brief filed with the NLRB, the long-term care groups say that revisiting and changing Park Manor is unnecessary, and would lead to drastic changes in the long-term care industry.

“We must … remind the NLRB that over 75 years of precedent is a strong indicator that the current process is working,” said American Health Care Association and National Centers for Assisted Living president and CEO Mark Parkinson in a statement.

Signed by 54 long-term care groups, including AHCA/NCAL, LeadingAge and the Assisted Living Federation of America, the amicus brief is more blunt in its appeal to the NLRB: “The Board should leave well enough alone.” The text of the amicus brief can be seen here.

Share this article:

More in News

Genesis, Skilled Healthcare merger to create huge long-term care provider with more than 500 facilities

Genesis, Skilled Healthcare merger to create huge long-term ...

Genesis HealthCare and Skilled Healthcare Group Inc. will merge to create a single long-term and post-acute care company with more than 500 facilities nationwide, the providers announced Tuesday.

Antipsychotic use tied to acute kidney injury, increasing pressure on nursing home ...

Older people who take antipsychotic medications are at a markedly increased risk of acute kidney injury, according to newly published research findings out of Canada. The study further supports ongoing efforts to reduce the number of nursing home residents on these drugs.

Family alleges long-term care facility banned them due to social media posts, ...

Family members of a Texas long-term care resident have sued the facility where she lives, claiming they were banned from visiting due to their social media posts, according to a publication covering legal proceedings in the state.