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Nurses nationwide fear losing unions

San Diego County nurses and their counterparts nationwide are up in arms over an upcoming ruling they fear could decimate nurses unions. At issue is a pending decision by the National Labor Relations Board. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

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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