High Court to Hear National Labor Relations Board Case

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to use a Kentucky case to clarify when nurses and other employees should be considered supervisors and therefore exempt from union coverage.

The court said it will hear the National Labor Relations Board's argument that some employees are considered non-supervisors even though they direct less-skilled employees' work.

Kentucky River Community Care of Hazard, Ky., operates the Caney Creek Rehabilitation Center in Pippa Passes, a facility for mentally ill people seeking to develop the skills they need to live independently.

The center's employees, including nurses and rehabilitation workers, voted in 1997 to join the Kentucky State District Council of Carpenters union. The center refused to bargain with the union, saying the nurses were supervisors and should not be part of the bargaining unit.

The NLRB ordered the center to bargain with the union, including the nurses. But the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the nurses were supervisors and therefore exempt from union coverage. …