Industries take action against 'micro-unions'
June 15, 2012
by Meat&Poultry Staff
WASHINGTON – Trade organizations and business groups are speaking up against a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision that would allow unions to organize in the smallest units possible.
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) said it would support efforts to restrict the NLRB’s funding to implement a ruling that permits unions to organize a minority share of an employer’s workforce. The NRA expressed concern that micro-unions could hinder employer flexibility, making it difficult to cross-train employees and hurt business efficiencies.
"The decision in this case allows unions to gerrymander a workplace to create micro-unions," the NRA and other leading business associations told Senate Appropriations Committee leaders in a June 12 letter. "For example, under the micro-union decision, organizers could cherry-pick a small segment of employees within one department of one location and target them in an organizing campaign."