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: Workers’ Rights Threatened: A Discussion of the Pending National Labor Relations Board Cases
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Workers’ Rights Threatened: A Discussion of the Pending National Labor Relations Board Cases

This fall, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will decide on a trio of cases commonly known as the “Kentucky River” cases. The NLRB’s decision could broaden the definition of “supervisor” to include anyone who assigns or directs work of others, including those who are not officially part of management. According to a July report from the Economic Policy Institute, this broad expansion of the definition could strip as many as eight million private sector workers of their remaining federal labor law protections to form unions and bargain collectively. Workers in nearly every occupation and industry are at risk of being deemed “supervisors” by the NLRB. For example, EPI finds that 843,000 registered nurses—more than one-third of all the private sector RNs in the country—may be stripped of federal labor law protections. Nearly 400,000 computer systems analysts—more than one in four—could also lose coverage. Join us for a lively conversation that explores the threat to workers’ rights posed by the “Kentucky River” cases.