“Mini Unions” No Small Problem
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – the same one that is suing Boeing over opening up a new plant in a right-to-work state – has drafted new rules allowing unions to target groups as small as 2 or 3 people in order to form a “mini union.” Doing so would allow those individuals to collectively bargain with their employer. This rule allows small groups within a single business to form multiple unions. According to a press release issued by Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA):
“For example, in one grocery store, the cashiers could form one “mini union,” the baggers could form another, the produce stockers could form yet another, and so on. This could potentially create several different unions within the same store location, making it easier for unions to gain access to employees and nearly impossible for employers to manage such fragmentation of the workforce.”
But Sen. Isakson has a solution. He’s introduced the S.1843, the Representation Fairness Restoration Act in order to combat the NLRB and their job-destroying rules. President Obama’s NLRB has passed a number of rules making it easier for unions to organize and harder for employers to present the facts and defend themselves from often-times hostile intentions. According to Sen. Isakson:
“The administration’s decision to allow micro bargaining units recklessly disregards the long-standing principles of collective bargaining. This action is yet another example of how President Obama’s appointees at this agency are tipping the scales in favor of unions. This decision is adding to the pressure and uncertainty facing employers today and threatening the creation of private-sector jobs at a time when unemployment is over 9 percent.”
Each time the NLRB passes rules allowing unions to force membership and hardship on employees and employers, it makes it more difficult for our country to recovery economically.