Healthcare employers facing aggressive organizing scored a victory last week with a federal labor ruling that blocks certain nurses from joining the rank-and-file. For hospitals and health systems, the new ground rules will likely emerge as a flash point in organizing campaigns and contract talks. This may create new legal challenges for employers already having trouble with organized labor.
Unions, which anticipated a ruling unfavorable to labor, staged protests in the months leading up to the decision, vowed to make union eligibility an issue in upcoming elections and threatened strikes should employers seek to oust or bar nurses from organized labor. The ruling is considered a win for healthcare employers.