HealthBridge Fighting NLRB Stay MotionJoshua Alston of Law360 ($$) writes that yesterday, HealthBridge Management, LLC filed a letter with a New Jersey bankruptcy judge to turn down a motion filed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that would stay the judge’s previous order allowing the company to ignore an expired collective bargaining agreement.

“It is no mistake that the NLRB, as opposed to the union … filed the stay motion in a devious attempt by the NLRB to shield the union from the necessity to post a multi-million dollar bond if a stay were granted,” [HealthBridge’s] letter said. “The debtors’ post-petition financing facility will expire and exit financing is contingent on confirmation. … The debtors are running out of money and cannot afford the cost of remaining in Chapter 11 any longer. Granting a stay would likely be the death knell of this case.”

The NLRB has been fighting HealthBridge’s bankruptcy petition since January.  The Board has argued that the reorganization plan that has been put forward would allow the company to dodge unfair labor practice charges.  We will keep you posted on the judge’s decision.

Board Investigating Orlando HealthWFTV.com reports that the National Labor Relations Board has begun an investigation into alleged unfair labor practices committed at Orlando Health in Orlando, Florida.  Nurses at the hospital have been complaining that management officials have been threatening them about forming a union.  One complainant has gone so far as to allege that an Orlando Health official pulled her out of a patient meeting to lecture her about unionizing.  Hospital administrators deny the allegations, stating that they have done nothing wrong.  We will let you know the results of the Board’s investigation.
 

TN Gov. Tells VW State Does Not Want UnionsJoey Garrison of the Tennesseean writes that Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is against workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN plant joining the United Auto Workers union.  Specifically, the Governor is worried that a vote to unionize at VW’s plant could negatively impact Tennessee’s ability to attract business investment.

“We’re trying to be really clear: I think that there are some ramifications to the vote in terms of our ability to attract other suppliers,” Haslam told The Tennessean’s editorial board on Wednesday. “When we recruit other companies, that comes up every time.”

A vote is set to be held at the end of next week to determine whether the plant’s approximately 3,000 workers will join the UAW.  We will keep you posted on the results of the vote.