Congressman Francis Rooney Statement on the NLRB’s Micro-Union Decision

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Congressman Francis Rooney Statement on the NLRB’s Micro-Union Decision, December 19, 2017 | Chris Berardi (202-897-7700) | comments

Washington, D.C.- Congressman Francis Rooney issued the following statement in response to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision to overturn the 2011 Specialty Healthcare decision that expanded the ‘micro-unions’ scheme.

Congressman Rooney stated "The decision from the NLRB restores common sense to the workplace. Since the Obama Administration labor board’s decision in 2011, ‘micro-unions’ had begun to form in retail stores and manufacturing sites across the country, making it nearly impossible for employers to manage such fragmentation of the workforce. In one case, the NLRB ruled that perfume and cosmetics salespeople at Macy’s, Inc. constituted their own ‘micro-union’ and could unionize alone. Imagine the confusion and cost as stockers, cashiers, shoe and clothing departments, etc., form their own unions at Macy’s.

“By eliminating ‘micro-unions’ from the workplace, employees and managers will be better able to negotiate within their organization for their needs. This new ruling by the NLRB is a victory for the American worker.”

Earlier this year, Congressman Rooney introduced the Representation Fairness Restoration Act to end the practice of organizing ‘micro-unions,’ which allow labor officials to organize small groups of workers, often as few as 2-3 people, within a company rather than the entire workforce. The House Education and Workforce Committee has marked up similar legislation that is awaiting a vote on the House floor.

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