The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued an important new ruling today in the so-called Kentucky River case. In a nutshell, the board ruled that lead nurses are “supervisors” and therefore have no right to join a union because they assign tasks and direct the work of other employees, specifically nursing aides. Can they hire or fire other employees? No. Doesn’t matter. They’re supervisors.
In the words of the dissenting board members:
Today’s decision threatens to create a new class of workers under Federal labor law: workers who have neither the genuine prerogatives of management, nor the statutory rights of ordinary employees. Into that category may fall most professionals (among many other workers), who by 2012 could number almost 34 million, accounting for 23.3 percent of the work force.
The full text of the majority ruling and the dissent is at: http://www.nlrb.gov/nlrb/shared_files/decisions/348/348-37.htm