Skip to comments.Enabling Micro-Unions is a Dangerous Game
Posted on 07/25/2014 12:06:25 PM PDT by Kaslin
resident Obamas National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has showed itself once again to be a strident advocate for the interests of Big Labor bosses, ready to stand up for union interests even in the face of common sense. This week, the NLRB ruled that cosmetics workers at a Macys store in Saugus, Massachusetts, were allowed to form a collective bargaining unit for their department alone whats known as a micro-union. Of course, the three-to-one decision was split along strictly partisan lines. The three Democrats on the Board sided with the United Food & Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), representing the Macys workers, while one Republican dissented.
Forming micro-unions like the UFCW is attempting at the Macys in Saugus is just one of the latest strategies employed by labor bosses as they desperately attempt to hang on to any sort of relevance in the modern workplace. Its easy to understand their panic membership has been steadily declining for decades. As of 2013, only 11.3 percent of American workers belonged to a union and that number falls even further in the private sector.
As more and more workers reject Big Labors outdated, inefficient and often shady ways of doing business, union bosses are turning more and more to unconventional methods to infiltrate workplaces. Theyll form worker centers, for instance, which are used as labor fronts to agitate and disrupt businesses, and advance policies that hurt employers and cost workers their jobs.
And then theres the micro-union, which President Obamas NLRB both created and endorsed. Micro-unions form when a certain department, shift group or other collection of employees organize themselves into a bargaining unit apart from other workers at their business. It undoes the traditional criteria that governed how unions could be formed for generations and allows union bosses to divide up a workplace by selecting only those workers who agree with them. Thats whats happening in Saugus, but its not unique to that situation. Its cropped up elsewhere in the retail sector in the womens shoe department at Bergdorf Goodman in New York.
Micro-unions create unnecessary barriers and inherently sow discord between different small groups of workers and lead to different segments of the workforce negotiating against one another. Its possible that different groups of employees could organize under the auspices of different major unions some could join the UFCW while others may opt to join the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for instance. And inordinate amounts of time would be taken up dealing with the different unions competing demands.
In fact, Macys expressed the very practical concern following the NLRB ruling that micro-unions segmentation of the workforce could prove an impediment to providing a consistent level of customer service. Going further, the added costs associated with micro-unions risks an employers solvency particularly small businesses and threatens the flexibility needed to compete successfully in the marketplace.
With this ruling, the NLRB is doubling down on the controversial decision it issued in the Specialty Healthcare case in 2011. By allowing certain staff members at a long-term care facility to organize themselves to the exclusion of other workers, the NLRB threw well-established labor law and precedent out the window in a giveaway to union bosses. Up until then, the standard for unionization had been wall-to-wall, meaning a majority of employees must be organized as a single group. The Boards decision was always intended to go beyond health care facilities and targeted retail stores, which has now begun to manifest itself much to the delight of union organizers and the chagrin of employers.
The Obama Administrations support for micro-unions sets a dangerous course that only hurts the businesses our nation relies upon to employ workers and to generate tax revenues, which government agencies such as the NLRB use to actively undercut them at every turn.
The French Fry Cookers Union................................
It is indeed insanity
“You can’t tell me to take out the trash, my union says I do nothing but fries!”
“I started it yesterday and I’m the Union rep and the only member”
This is aimed right at the heart of TWO targets:
1. Wal Mart
2. Small businesses
If they succeed in getting a couple of dumbass employees in Wal Mart or a small private corporation to declare themselves ‘a collective bargaining group’ then the flood gates will open all across the US for low wage workers to splinter into thousands of ‘unions’........................
Drive-in window employee: I’m sorry, sir, you’ll have to wait for your fries.
Employee: The French Fry Union Worker’s are on break and won’t be back for 15 minutes...............Hey, wait! Where are you going?......Come Back!.........................
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is preparing to introduce an amendment to the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2015 an amendment that could play a crucial role in improving conditions for American workers and restoring a longstanding labor law precedent.
The Graham amendment would help stop the spread of micro-unions, a disturbing tactic employed by Big Labor in recent years with the goal of disrupting workplaces.
Unions are the perfect example of the dictum that power corrupts. There were places where they were needed (19th century mines, early 20th century textile mills), but now they are almost universally corrupt organizations who pay their officers excessively, interfere in politics, and do their best to suck the lifeblood out of their hosts (see GM).
To continue your previous post conversation:
“Well then, get in there and make some more fries! We’re busy as hell, we need more fries!”
“The union rules state that I cannot be forced to make more than two baskets of fries per hour! It has only been ten minutes, so you’ll have to wait for 50 more minutes for those fries!”.........................
What good can come from Union Power.?..
What could go wrong?...
Fifty Minutes later:
“Where’s my fries?”
“Can’t make any.”
“Don’t have any to fry.”
“Well, the get some from the freezer!”
“Can’t. Not part of my job description. The Frozen Food Distribution Union handles that.”
“Then tell them to bring you some!”
“He is on strike for new gloves and I am in solidarity with that, so I won’t cross his picket line.”.......................
Walmart hopped into bed with Big Gov about a decade ago.
Personally I am predicting they will voluntarily accept unionization at some point in exchange for continuing to have the table slanted in their direction.
Too easy to just close that Macy’s store or any store. It’s all a matter of profit. They are not a non-profit jobs creation agency.
You’d think the Hostess Twinkies company would have taught a lesson.
Why go to all that work for a piddling return on your money when you can do the same or better with investments?
If I am not mistaken the cosmetic workers at Macy’s are not employees of Macy’s. They work for Revlon etc. Revlon leases space from Macy’s. So these workers will not be negotiation with Macy’s but with Revlon.
The continuing saga:
“Then I’LL GET YOU SOME FRIES!”
“You can’t do that.”
“And just why not?”
“You’re management. You would be depriving a worker of his job by delivering the fries yourself.”
“Then how am I supposed to get fries to my customers?”
“You could order some.”
“Across the street at Burger Barn. They aren’t union.”....................................
We need a modern day Taft-Hartley act.