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Board upholds unionization vote

Board upholds unionization vote

Capital Living & Rehabilitation Centers’ second attempt to block 1199 SEIU’s advance into the Avenue

SCHENECTADY — Capital Living & Rehabilitation Centers’ second attempt to block 1199 SEIU’s advance into the Avenue Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre failed late last month when the National Labor Relations Board again upheld a summer union representation vote.

On Sunday, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East announced its latest victory against Capital Living, formerly known as Hallmark Nursing Homes.

In Washington on Dec. 27, the NLRB shot down Capital Living’s appeal over a unionization vote at the nursing home in July, when 150 Avenue employees voted to become 1199 SEIU members.

A regional NLRB office in October upheld that vote, which Capital Living deemed invalid. The December ruling clears the way for the creation of an Avenue bargaining unit, which will represent licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, dietary, maintenance and housekeeping workers plus receptionists and unit clerks.

The 1199 SEIU arm — the East Coast’s largest health care workers union, with over 300,000 members — in recent months has stepped up its efforts to get into Capital Living nursing homes. In August, about 80 Mountain Nursing Home workers in New Paltz voted to join the union. They were followed last month by The Springs Nursing Home workers in Troy.

Capital Living officials did not immediately return a call seeking comment Monday.

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