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Facilities' bankruptcy filing marks latest twist in Connecticut nursing home strike

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The five Connecticut nursing homes involved in a high-profile workers strike filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday, citing monthly losses from contracts with union workers.

7,000 Pennsylvania nursing home workers negotiating new contracts

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A 150-person negotiating committee representing nearly 7,000 Pennsylvania nursing home workers met on Tuesday with representatives of major operators such as Golden Living, Genesis HealthCare, Reliant Senior Care, Guardian Elder Care and Extendicare to begin working out new union contracts.

NLRB: Judge will grant injunction against owners in long-running nursing homes' strike

A federal judge intends to grant an injunction filed by the National Labor Relations Board that would put approximately 600 workers back on the job at five nursing homes in Connecticut.

Nursing home managers lock out 100 union members, threaten 700 more

A nursing home management group that locked out 100 workers from a facility Tuesday says unionized employees are picketing illegally. As a result, it is threatening to lock out 700 more.

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

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.

Labor pains: Craig Becker's troubling prescription for long-term care facilities

Labor pains: Craig Becker's troubling prescription for long-term care facilities

Administrators at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are awakening to the fact that while unions lost their battle in Congress for the Employee Free Choice Act—the "card-check" unionization law—they won their war to make organizing easier, now that Craig Becker has been appointed to the National Labor Relations Board.

Former SEIU President Andy Stern denies reports that he is under federal investigation

Former SEIU President Andy Stern denies reports that he is under federal investigation

Former labor leader Andy Stern Tuesday has rejected as false news reports that the FBI and Labor Department are investigating him in connection with corruption at his former employer, the Service Employees International Union.

Long-term care, labor reportedly agree to compromise on healthcare reform

The White House, in the final rounds of healthcare reform negotiations, reportedly has gained a few more concessions from a number of stakeholders, including long-term care and unions.

New, massive nurses union holds founding convention

National Nurses United, the newly formed, major union for nurses, held its inaugural meeting Monday. Delegates to the founding convention elected officers and adopted a constitution.

Nurses' unions lose support of key senator in card-check battle

Nurses' unions hoping to see the Employee Free Choice Act become law have lost an important ally.

Reid: Congress to hold off action on Employee Free Choice Act bill

Reid: Congress to hold off action on Employee Free Choice Act bill

The Employee Free Choice Act is, at least for the time being, off the table, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) told the crowd at a Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce meeting Wednesday.

SEIU recommends changes to long-term care as way to reduce healthcare costs

When President Obama announced May 11 that six leading healthcare industry groups would band together to reduce healthcare costs by $2 trillion over the next decade, many were skeptical. On Monday, however, those groups submitted their proposals--and one has suggested changing care delivery in the long-term care field.

Several healthcare groups push for public insurance option as part of healthcare reform

Several healthcare groups, including the Service Employees International Union, kicked off a major campaign Monday to ensure inclusion of a public insurance option in healthcare reform.

Business groups outgun labor in card-check battle, news report finds

Business groups appear to be gaining ground against organized labor in an effort to defeat the Employee Free Choice Act, also known as the card-check bill, according to a recent update on the issue.

White House, Senate 'compromises' pave way for Specter's support of labor bill

White House, Senate 'compromises' pave way for Specter's support of labor bill

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) has held a number of different views on the Employee Free Choice Act in the last couple of years. Now, it looks as though the EFCA-supporter-turned-opponent may be shifting his position once more, recent reports suggest.

Nursing home that refused to recognize union supported by federal appeals court

A long-term care provider in Georgia that decided not to recognize a union-organizing effort in 2008 has had its decision affirmed by a federal appeals court in Washington. Observers say the case could be a bellwether for hundreds of other cases.

Disabled protestors arrested in Community Choice Act demonstration

Disabled protestors arrested in Community Choice Act demonstration

Protesters from the Service Employees International Union and the disability rights group ADAPT turned out en masse this week to protest President Obama's perceived lack of support for the Community Choice Act. The measure would give home- and community-based services the same consideration under Medicaid that nursing homes receive.

Specter becomes Democrat, but still opposes card check

Specter becomes Democrat, but still opposes card check

Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, one of the most visible opponents of the Employee Free Choice Act, has announced he will be leaving the Republican Party to caucus with the Democrats. But don't expect a change of opinion toward the card-check bill, he says.

Gingrich: Arbitration clause greater threat than 'card check'

Gingrich: Arbitration clause greater threat than 'card check'

The biggest concern with possibly enacting the Employee Free Choice Act is not the so-called card-check measure, which would make union organizing easier; it is the lesser known binding arbitration clause, argues former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich in an article Wednesday on politico.com.

News analysis: Support for card check varies depending on the poll

Parties on each side of the card-check issue are proving adept at swaying the masses, according to a recent news analysis. But it's hard to know which poll figures to trust.

Labor leaders plan to reunify American labor movement

In an unprecedented move, the presidents of the Service Employees International Union, the AFL-CIO and 12 other unions and labor federations convened in Maryland Wednesday to announce the formation of a new labor federation comprising nearly 16 million members.

Lincoln's opposition to card check further imperils legislation

Lincoln's opposition to card check further imperils legislation

Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) added her dissenting voice to the card-check debate this week, saying she would not support the Employee Free Choice Act in its current form. It is a move some say could spell the end of the bill.

Legislation tightening labor laws for nursing home workers introduced in New Brunswick, Canada

Nursing home workers and union officials in New Brunswick, Canada, are scrambling to respond to legislation introduced Tuesday that would declare private nursing home employees "essential," severely limiting their ability to strike.

Card-check alternatives gaining ground with lawmakers

Last week, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) announced that he might not support current union "card-check" legislation. Since then, a number of alternative labor reform plans have begun to gain popularity.

Specter plans vote against card-check legislation, threatening bill's passage

Nursing homes likely are cheering after Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) said Tuesday he would vote against the Employee Free Choice Act, also known as the card-check bill. His veto could effectively end the bill's chance at passing.

Former union rivals SEIU and CNA/NNOC team up for reform

Two union rivals have set aside their differences and joined forces to increase support for card-check legislation and to bolster healthcare union recruitment.

Card-check, Silver Alert bills introduced in Congress

Card-check, Silver Alert bills introduced in Congress

Senators and representatives on Tuesday introduced the controversial Employee Free Choice Act, also known as union card-check legislation. Several long-term care groups immediately issued statements against the bill.

Popular union for nursing home workers withdraws from healthcare reform dialogue

The largest union representing long-term care workers in the United States has withdrawn from a coalition of healthcare reformers intent on issuing widespread recommendations for lowering costs, according to published reports.

Obama orders show pro-union sentiment

Obama orders show pro-union sentiment

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President Obama issued a series of pro-labor executive orders barely more than a week into his presidency, sparking new worries for providers and other employers that even more pro-union action could be forthcoming.

SEIU chief predicts action on 'card-check' bill, healthcare reform this summer

SEIU chief predicts action on 'card-check' bill, healthcare reform this summer

Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, predicted "real action, really soon" on healthcare reform and union "card-check" legislation, according to a recent interview with USA Today.