unions

Ruling paves the way for 'micro-unions'

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Long-term care groups have expressed concern over a recent court ruling that could lead to the formation of "micro-unions" in nursing and assisted living facilities.

Deal cut by Senate Republicans likely to cause labor pains

Deal cut by Senate Republicans likely to cause labor pains

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For many long-term care operators, labor relations might soon get even more challenging. And Senate Republicans are to blame, er, thank.

Aggressive union tactics against nursing homes hardly civil

Aggressive union tactics against nursing homes hardly civil

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If unions have their way, nursing homes and other low-wage employers will soon be portrayed as being on the wrong side of the civil rights movement.

Supreme setback for union tactic designed to raise campaign funds

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Unions must allow nonmembers to object to unexpected fee increases or special assessments all workers are required to pay in closed-shops, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Judge denies challenge to union 'microwave rule'

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A federal district judge has dismissed legal challenges to a National Labor Relations Board final rule shortening the length of time between union elections.

NLRB issues final union elections rule

The National Labor Relations Board has published a final rule, also known as the "microwave rule," that provider groups say will dramatically speed up the union election process.

Provider group praises anti-union legislation

A leading assisted living advocacy group applauded legislation that would reverse two recent pro-union regulations issued by the National Labor Relations Board.

Paris Hilton, supermarket tabloids ... and the National Labor Relations Board

Paris Hilton, supermarket tabloids ... and the National Labor Relations Board

As we predicted in "Labor Pains: Craig Becker's Troubling Prescription for Long-Term Care Facilities," in a January 2011 posting at mcknights.com, the National Labor Relations Board is continuing its pro-union agenda with the same determination as Paris Hilton chasing headlines in the supermarket tabloids.

Labor board postpones notice-posting deadline

Labor board postpones notice-posting deadline

The National Labor Relations Board has delayed the implementation of one of its most controversial recent rulings from Nov. 14, 2011 to Jan. 31, 2012.

Provider group slams labor board rulings

An assisted living group says that two recent National Labor Relations Board rulings will lead to higher costs for seniors and fragmented services.

Employer groups challenge NLRB proposals in hearings

Employer groups showed up at National Labor Relations Board hearings on Monday and Tuesday to voice their concern over an NLRB proposal to streamline union elections.

NLRB proposes rules for faster unionization timelines

NLRB proposes rules for faster unionization timelines

The National Labor Relations Board proposed new rules Tuesday that would shorten the lag time between a union petitioning for an election and holding a secret-ballot vote.

Union avoidance - press the 'Easy' button

Union avoidance - press the 'Easy' button

Unions now represent less than 7% of the private industry workforce in the United States. It is imperative that unions take immediate action to rebuild their membership. That is exactly what unions are doing.

 What we'll see in assisted living this year—a year to get stronger

What we'll see in assisted living this year—a year to get stronger

What will we see in the assisted living world this year? The following are my best guesses, given ongoing conversations with assisted living communities across the country and seeing firsthand how the economy has forced change in census and staffing.

National Labor Relations Board threatens to sue states over secret ballots

National Labor Relations Board threatens to sue states over secret ballots

The National Labor Relations Board is threatening to sue four states over constitutional amendments that guarantee workers can use secret ballots in union elections. States that have passed the amendments include Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah, the Associated Press reported.

NLRB may require employers to post right-to-unionize notices

The National Labor Relations Board is proposing requiring companies to put notices of employees' right to unionize on bulletin boards and maybe via e-mail.

Union members in Massachusetts may have ruined card-check bill's chance at passage, report says

The Employee Free Choice Act, a bill that would make it easier for unions to organize, is essentially dead for now, and labor groups may have played a big part in killing it, a recent news article suggests.

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