Micro unions allow labor organizers to section off company employees by specific job descriptions. For example, if a union tried to organize a restaurant staff, leaders would target servers, busboys, dishwashers, cooks and hostesses separately.
Per the NLRB’s ruling, in non-acute healthcare facilities, like nursing homes and other long-term non-critical health facilities, unions can now target each layer of staff with organizing tactics.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce labor policy expert Glenn Spencer said the NLRB’s micro union decision isn’t as bad as many in the business community thought it was going to be.
Nonetheless, Spencer warns that businesses should watch out for more tricks. “The board did not, as we had feared, apply that standard broadly across the private sector, though it did significantly relax the criteria used to determine an ‘appropriate bargaining unit,’” Spencer wrote in a blog post.
Though the three decisions were announced on Tuesday, a few days after the NLRB’s outgoing Democratic chairwoman Wilma Liebman’s term expired, she voted in favor of each ruling. All three cases were decided in 3-1 decisions. The only dissenting member for each was Republican Brian Hayes.
In a release shortly after Liebman’s announced departure, Fred Wszolek of the Workforce Fairness Institute said he expected that the entire NLRB staff was rushing to force policy shifts through late Saturday night, Liebman’s last night on the job.
Now that the new decisions have been finalized, and it’s clear Liebman voted on each one, Wszolek said he’s more convinced than ever that the Obama administration isn’t interested in fixing the economy.
“President Obama has stated creating jobs is his most ‘urgent mission.’ Judging by the actions of his administration, his rhetoric is completely untrue,” Wszolek said. “Today, the National Labor Relations Board continued its attacks against employees and employers with more rules that will kill jobs and force business closures. With unemployment near double digits and deep uncertainty in the marketplace, President Obama’s labor board couldn’t care less about workers as it seeks to reward union bosses.”
The National Association of Manufacturers said the NLRB’s newest union-favoring policies aren’t going to help create jobs.
“From a manufacturing standpoint the decisions released today have the high likelihood to be severely disruptive to the workplace, will hinder job creation and put jobs at risk,” Joe Trauger, NAM’s Vice President for Human Resources Policy, told The Daily Caller.