The Pittsburgh office of the National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against Beverly Enterprises, alleging unfair labor practices by the nursing home chain.
The complaint marks an escalation in the battle between the Fort Smith, Ark.-based company and the Service Employees International Union. It comes on the heels of allegations filed by the SEIU in Pennsylvania, where about 400 Beverly workers were not reinstated in their jobs after striking for three days at 15 facilities last month.
In response, Beverly's director of employee relations, Wayne Chapman, issued a statement saying the SEIU did not give sufficient notice before the April strike. He also said the SEIU has not cooperated in the negotiation process and that the NLRB should cite the unions for failure to bargain in good faith.
A hearing on the allegations is scheduled for July 15 in Pittsburgh.
The NLRB said it currently is handling three other sets of charges involving Beverly. The company, the largest U.S. long-term-care provider, operates about 700 facilities nationwide.