Labor board's ruling may ease unionizing

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Advocacy groups for long-term care providers lashed out at a National Labor Relations Board decision that would make it easier for certified nursing assistants to unionize.

The NLRB, as expected, rolled back a 1991 decision while voting to allow the United Steelworkers to organize 53 certified nursing assistants at a Mobile, AL, nursing home as part of a single bargaining unit. The decision allowed the exclusion of 33 other facility workers.

“We remain concerned that this decision may cause division and dissent between different groups of employees, pitting each group against the other, when they may actually have similar interests,” said Beth Martino, spokeswoman for the American Health Care Association. “This could lead to serious disruption of [care].”

The nursing home ruling was announced in conjunction with two other decisions viewed as pro-union.

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