Alexander Cosponsors Legislation to Reverse NLRB’s Decision that Opens the Door to “Mini Unions”

Says bill will “reverse yet another job-killing action by the administration”

Posted on November 10, 2011

“We need more certainty and fairness in the workplace, not more conflict, lawsuits, and uncertainty.” – Lamar Alexander  

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today joined 28 Republicans in cosponsoring the Representation Fairness Restoration Act, a bill to reverse the National Labor Relation Board’s recent decision establishing a sweeping new legal standard that allows unions to form micro bargaining units, or “mini-unions,” for the purposes of collective bargaining with employers.

“This bill will reverse yet another job-killing action by the administration and the National Labor Relations board that will help the president’s union supporters but make it harder and more expensive for employers to do business, expand, and hire new workers. We need more certainty and fairness in the workplace, not more conflict, lawsuits, and uncertainty.”

The legislation, which was introduced by Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), comes in response to the August 26th decision by the National Labor Relations Board in the “Specialty Healthcare” case, which said that unions could organize small numbers of employees within a company into micro-bargaining units.

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. This decision also makes it virtually impossible for excluded employees to be included in a bargaining unit.

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