Three Democratic senators introduced a bill to tighten the definition of supervisor in federal labor law.
Supervisors cannot organize under the National Labor Relations Act and an October 2006 ruling said certain registered nurses can be considered supervisors, or management, making them ineligible to join unions.
Christopher Dodd, Connecticuts senior senator and a Democratic presidential hopeful, and Sens. Richard Durbin of Illinois and Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, introduced the legislation, which would remove two criteria from the National Labor Relations Act definition of supervisor: the authority to assign other workers and the responsibility to direct employees.
Senate Bill 969, which was referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, would also require that employees meet the acts criteria for supervisor status for a majority of the individuals work time. -- by Melanie Evans