Amendment to Stop Micro-Unions Fails in Committee

Yesterday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) proposed three amendments to the 2013 Labor / Health and Human Services appropriations bill that would overturn recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decisions involving union elections.  Most notably, one amendment would have prohibited NLRB from using funds to enforce the Specialty Healthcare rule, in which NLRB opened the door for the creation of micro-unions.  The amendment failed by a vote of 15-15, while amendments to prohibit “ambush elections” and card-check elections also failed by votes of 13-17 and 14-16, respectively.  Read the press release from Sen. Graham’s office here.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

On Wednesday, Sen. Graham joined several associations on a media call to discuss how the NLRB micro-union decision will create division in the workplace and undermine job creation.  Saying that “The NLRB is the Grim Reaper of job creation”, Graham discussed the amendments he would introduce the following day in the Appropriations Committee to restrain the NLRB.

The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, of which IFA is a member, submitted an amicus brief to the National Labor Relations Board regarding a representation case involving the department store Neiman Marcus, where a bargaining unit of sales people in the women’s shoe department was found to be appropriate by an NLRB Regional Director.  This is a perfect example of how the new micro-union standard in Specialty Healthcare is being applied to representation cases.  Read the amicus brief here.