• Court Order Not Necessary to Block Hospitals' Bad Faith Bargaining
  • September 19, 2018
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  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit rejected a request by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to grant a temporary injunction that sought to prevent West Virginia hospitals from allegedly bargaining in bad faith with a nurse's union. The NLRB has the ability to request an injunction to prevent unfair labor practices during lengthy NLRB administrative proceedings. The court denied injunctive relief against Bluefield Hospital Co., which operates Bluefield Regional Medical Center and Greenbrier Valley Medical Center. The NLRB presented certain evidence that hospital representatives unlawfully engaged in bad faith bargaining with the National Nurses Organizing Committee, but it was insufficient to support the NLRB's theory that an injunction was necessary to prevent a decline in union support while NLRB administrative proceedings moved forward.