Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Act Now to Defend Workers from KY River Decision

Act Now to Defend Workers from KY River Decision.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) voted today to crush longstanding Federal labor laws protecting workers' right to join a union. The NLRB ruled on three cases, collectively known as "Kentucky River", but it is their decision on Oakwood Healthcare, Inc which could have a devastating impact on workers’ right to join a union. The board’s ruling essentially enables employers to make a supervisor out of any worker who has the authority to assign or direct another and uses independent judgment. They ruled that any worker can be classified as a supervisor if he or she spends as little as 10-15% of his or her time overseeing the work of others. Under current Federal labor laws, supervisors are prohibited from forming unions. The ruling could deny up to 8 million workers the right to choose union representation.

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