August 24, 2018 / 12:15 AM / 8 months ago

Outsourced workers keep union rights when rehired - 2nd Circuit

HealthBridge Management LLC violated federal labor law by shifting 48 unionized housekeeping and laundry workers to a third-party management company’s payroll and re-hiring them as new, probationary employees 15 months later, stripping them of the rights they had accrued under their collective bargaining agreements, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.

A unanimous three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the senior-care chain and three of its former facilities in Connecticut violated the National Labor Relations Act by using a “short-duration operational change … to circumvent union obligations (and) extinguish collectively bargained rights.”

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