nurses hit nlrb chief on supervisor ruling
obert battista got an earful yesterday from upset massachusetts nurses who say his national labor relations board blew it earlier this week by asserting many nurses can be classified as "supervisors" and kept out of unions.
a day after the nlrb's controversial decision, battista, chairman of the federal board, attended a massachusetts nurses association conference in sturbridge - and he heard numerous complaints from nurses, who said the ruling was unfair, according to conference participants.
"obviously, he was challenged by a litany of nurses," said julie pinkham, head of the mna.
in a phone interview with the herald, battista said he didn't mind the nurses' grilling, saying he was treated "very cordially."
but he defended the board's decision as helping to "clarify" complex laws that have hobbled the labor-relations system over the decades.
battista added the u.s. supreme court has recently ruled that the government has to clarify how employees are classified when it comes to union disputes.
"we were just trying to resolve what the court sent to us," he said.
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