National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Renders Favorable Decision for the UNAP

Back in February of 2011, the UNAP was involved in a trial before Region 1 of the NLRB in Boston, MA.

The issue before the Judge was whether or not the UNAP had violated federal labor law in charging Beck objectors at Kent County Hospital for its lobbying expenses. In other words, the issue was whether or not the Beck objectors should be allowed to enjoy the benefits of UNAP’s successful lobbying efforts (lobbying, for example, to end mandatory overtime) without paying their fair share of the lobbying expenses. An appeal of the Judge’s decision was brought to the NLRB in Washington, D.C. In a recent decision, the NLRB clarified and expanded the circumstances under which lobbying expenses can be charged to Beck objectors. UNAP’s opponents in this case may very well take the case into the federal courts for further consideration. The UNAP is well prepared to continue the fight to preserve this important victory.