Board limits bargaining units in health facilities.
The case arose when the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers organized a small number of trades workers at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, TN. In 1982, the Board ruled that the hospital must bargain with the union. At that time, the Board maintained that the basic test for a bargaining unit was whether the workers shared "a community of interests" in their wages, hours, training, and working conditions, the same requirement that applies in other industries.
In overturning the 1982 decision, the reconstituted Board held that unions seeking to designate bargaining units in health care facilities must prove a "disparity of interests," in wages and in the other working conditions that are sharper than in other industries.
The reaction from organized labor was immediate. Jerry Shea, health care coordinator for the Service Employees, complained that the ruling did not include "guidance as to what it means." He said some employers may withdraw from current bargaining on initial contracts and ask the courts to rule on the legality of the bargaining unit.
Management attorney John Irving disagreed, saying that the decision will preclude much litigation over bargaining units because the courts will now have a more definite understanding of the intent of the Congress regarding bargaining units.
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|Publication:||Monthly Labor Review|
|Date:||Nov 1, 1984|
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