Nurses nationwide fear losing unions
Monday, July 10, 2006
The NLRB is expected to issue a ruling on whether workers who serve as charge nurses should be classified as management. As such, they would have no legal right to unionize.
Charge nurses typically perform such duties as patient assignments. But Judy King, a recovery room nurse at Sharp Memorial Hospital, says charge nurses aren't managers.
King: If I have a problem, even in the relief charge nurse role, that I can't deal with, I call the house supervisor, cause she is the supervisor. I'm not the supervisor. I can't discipline my peers. That's not my role.
President Bush appointed all five members of the NLRB board. But a board spokeswoman says it would be wrong to assume which way they'll rule. Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.
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