The Dawn Of “Micro-Unions”: A Scary Proposition For Employers


Unions can be difficult enough to manage, even for experienced employers. Imagine taking your workforce of 100 employees and dividing them up into 10 different collective bargaining units… represented by 10 different unions… and 10 different collective bargaining agreements… with 10 different effective dates. Sound like an administrative nightmare?

NLRB Deems Micro-Unit an Appropriate Bargaining Unit in Retail Industry

JD Supra

The National Labor Relations Board (the “Board” or NLRB) recently issued a pair of decisions applying its Specialty Healthcare test to determine if petitioned-for units in two large department stores were appropriate for bargaining purposes. The Board reached different outcomes in these cases, relying heavily on how the employers organized their employees for administrative purposes.

Macy’s Workers Win Labor Ruling

By Melanie Trottman, The Wall Street Journal

A group of cosmetics and fragrances workers at a Macy’s M +0.44% store in Massachusetts are a big enough lot to try to unionize, the National Labor Relations Board decided in a ruling that could advance organized labor’s quest to unionize subsets of workers in varied industries.

Sen. Graham Has It Right On Micro-Unions

By Fred Wszolek, The Daily Caller

The appropriations process in the United States Senate is not known for being particularly fast-moving, especially in the summer months. As the August congressional recess draws closer and closer, attention spans on Capitol Hill will sometimes tend to dwindle.


Retail Industry Leaders Association

Today, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) urged the Senate Committee on Appropriations to support an amendment to be offered by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) designed to stop efforts of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to fragment workplaces through the application of the micro-union decision from 2011.

The UAW’s Shifting Priorities

Workforce Fairness Institute

As we mentioned last week, the United Auto Workers union announced it was dropping its petition to contest the results of the election defeat they suffered at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Is this a harbinger of things to come for the once-powerful auto union or is it a calculated move intended to realign their union-organizing strategy?