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Breaking News: NLRB Posting Rule Postponed Again

On December 23, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) announced that it was postponing the effective date of its employee rights notice-posting rule from January 31 to April 30.  This is the second postponement of the rule which was initially to go into effect on November 14, 2010. Several employer groups have filed lawsuits challenging … Continue Reading

Labor Board Approves Expedited Union Election Rules

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has voted 2-to-1 to approve Chairman Mark Pearce’s resolution to adopt a limited number of amendments to the NLRB election process.  According to the agency, the modified elections rules are intended to reduce “unnecessary pre-election litigation.”     The six amendments grant the NLRB and its hearing officers significant latitude in … Continue Reading


The NLRB has upheld a hospital’s ban on the use of cameras for photographing patients, equipment, property or facilities.  It said the ban did not violate the right of employees to engage in union or protected concerted activity. The NLRB in the 2-1 decision reasoned that the ban did not expressly restrict union or other … Continue Reading


On August 30 the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued the long-awaited decision in Specialty Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center of Mobile, in which it announced a new standard for determining what constitutes an appropriate bargaining unit in non-acute health care facilities. The union in Specialty Healthcare sought to represent a unit consisting only of Certified Nursing Assistants … Continue Reading

New NLRB Posting Requirement Effective November 14

The NLRB has advised the public that all employers covered by the National Labor Relations Act (generally all private sector employers) will be required to post a notification of employees’ rights by November 14, 2011.  The Board’s August 25th press release, which contains links to the Final Rule and additional information, is reprinted below.  The … Continue Reading

NLRB Proposes “Quickie Union Election” Rules

The National Labor Relations Board has proposed rule changes that would significantly reduce the time between the date the union requests an election and the date the NLRB conducts the election.  These changes, if implemented, would dramatically affect an employer’s ability to communicate with its employees before an NLRB election, and would give unions a … Continue Reading

NLRB Issues Complaint Against California Nurses Association For Interfering with Employees’ Rights and For Failing to Bargain

On April 29th the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint against the California Nurses Association (CNA) for interfering with and coercing employees in their right not to engage in union activity, as well as for altering employees’ terms and conditions of employment without the employer’s agreement or consent.   After negotiating a contract with … Continue Reading

Kansas City Nurses Leave Union After Contested Election

Fifteen months after nurses at Lee’s Summit Medical Center voted  68 – 59 to decertify the National Nurses Organizing Committee (“NNOC”), the NNOC has announced it will withdraw as the unit’s bargaining agent.   The NNOC’s decision to withdraw came days before the second certification election was scheduled to be held.  Approximately 130 nurses would have … Continue Reading

NNU Negotiates Short Staffing Penalty Clause

On December 1, 2010, NNU’s affiliate, the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with Sparrow Hospital in Lansing calling for penalties of up to $1,200 in cases where the Hospital fails to rectify a staffing shortage.   The Union claims that this new staffing language is “second to none.” Economic terms of … Continue Reading