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Elderwood at Grand Island ordered to bargain with union

The National Labor Relations Board issued a summary judgment last week ordering the Elderwood at Grand Island nursing home to bargain with the collective bargaining unit 1199SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East, which employees joined in October 2016.

The NLRB stated that Elderwood of Grand Island has "engaged in unfair labor practices" by refusing to recognize the bargaining unit and it was ordered to cease and desist.

"We are simply asking Elderwood to abide by the law," 1199 Vice President Todd Hobler said. "The vote, nine months ago, of the majority of workers at its Grand Island facility to be represented by our union must be respected."

The Elderwood at Grand Island bargaining unit covers more than 100 employees, including nurses, aides, cooks, housekeepers, clerks and receptionists. Workers held an informational picket in April to protest the company's refusal to recognize their union.

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