WASHINGTON, D.C. | March 8, 2011
On December 22, 2010, you, along with Members Becker and Pearce, and Hayes dissenting, published a notice and invitation to file briefs on Specialty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center of Mobile and United Steelworkers, District 9, Case 15-RC-8773. In Specialty, the United Steelworkers petitioned for an election of certified nursing assistants (CNA) at a nursing home, the employer objected arguing the appropriate unit should include all non-professional employees, not just the CNAs.
While the case involved nursing homes directly, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) requested comments generally on the appropriate standard for determining bargaining units, including empirical descriptions of interested parties’ experiences under existing law. As the composition of potential bargaining units is one of the most important decisions leading up to an election, any change to the existing standard must be fully vetted and understood before it is adopted.
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