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Young’s e-mail address is gyoungnlj.com. upholding a national Labor Relations Board decision, the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia said on July 25 that an employer acquiring a business whose labor force is subject to a collective bargaining agreement must recognize and bargain with the representative labor union. Community Hospitals of Central California v. NLRB, No. 01-1432. Nurses working for a county medical center comprised most of the members of a labor union bargaining unit. When a private company acquired the medical center, the union demanded that the company bargain with it. After the company refused, the union filed an unfair labor practice charge. An administrative law judge concluded that the company was a successor employee, the nurses were an appropriate bargaining unit and the company did not rely on a good-faith reasonable doubt about the union’s majority status. The NLRB affirmed. Agreeing, the appeals court found that the nurses are doing substantially the same work as they did for their county employer and that the history of representation by the union made them an appropriate bargaining unit.

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