NLRB rules against Beverly in 10-year-old labor case

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In a decision representing a win for organized labor, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Services violated federal labor law when it retaliated against employees following a three-day strike in the mid-1990s at some of its Pennsylvania facilities.

The board ordered the company to post notice of its violations at all of its nursing homes. It also reinstated eight employees with back pay and benefits, and ordered the employer to recognize the Service Employees International Union at two of its Pennsylvania facilities. Beverly Health is a subsidiary of Beverly Enterprises Inc., now known as Golden Gate National Senior Care.

Citing previous rulings against the company, the NLRB said Beverly's actions indicate it "continues to have a proclivity to violate the act and that its widespread misconduct demonstrates a general disregard for its employees' Section 7 rights."

In a decision in 2001, the board found the company committed numerous unfair labor practices during contract talks with SEIU locals that resulted in a three-day strike at 15 of the 20 homes operated by two subsidiaries in Pennsylvania.