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senate Bill S. 801

Should Labor Micro-Unions be Banned?

Argument in favor

This would reduce confusion and division among workers and added compliance costs for employers. Larger unions also have more bargaining power with employers.

Curmudgeon's Opinion
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08/04/2015
Look at Bolshevist Britain in the sixties, or Italy, and see why this 'Micro (wildcat) Units' euphemism is absurd to even consider. Every workday four drunken brawlers could kill a half day's production. For true freedom in enterprise, look to the Right to Work states. At least as regards the private sector, those have gained the upper hand, and rightly so, as they produce more, employ more, and become the magnet for corporate relocations creating JOBS.
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John's Opinion
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07/13/2015
Unions are nothing more than organized political corruption engines and that corruption has led to underfunded Union pensions across the globe. Start small and work to eliminate them completely.
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Argument opposed

Not all bargaining between employers and workers should be mass, collective bargaining. Micro-unions allow for bargaining that fixes problems that are unique to small groups.

Denny's Opinion
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02/11/2016
I just read a comment that read, unions are political and one said we are drunken brawlers. Lol and another who said outlaw or ban unions altogether. So uninformed and mislead souls, using tired old talking points. We are political for a reason, and it's because we face ignorance such as yours. We pay a due, so that we can compete with the other lobbyist who daily deliberately tear away at the middle class. Taking whatever rights earned by truly honest people who sacrificed. I can understand an informed discussion on the merit of union labor vs the non union worker. Somehow I think it would just become what I have seen just now in the comments , pure hatred for something you obviously don't really understand. I don't hold that against you though. So I'll just say this, the union worker in this country is better trained, safer, more productive, and more involved. We don't fault you for working the way you choose, even though you don't reciprocate. Union now ,union forever!
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Scott's Opinion
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01/22/2016
Anything that harms workers ability to organize is just plain bad.
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What is Senate Bill S. 801?

This bill deals with small labor union bargaining units. A 2011 decision by the National Labor Relation Board (NLRB) allowed for the creation of what are known as "micro-unions," or multiple small bargaining units tied to an employer, craft, plant or subdivision unit. This bill would effectively prohibit such bargaining units and instead requiring the NLRB to determine a unit as appropriate for collective bargaining if it consists of "employees that share a sufficient community of interest."

The factors the NLRB must consider when making such determinations are:

  • Similarity of wages, benefits, and working conditions;

  • Similarity of skills and training;
    Centrality of management and common supervision;

  • Extent of interchange and frequency of contact between employees;

  • Integration of the work flow and interrelationship of the production process;

  • The consistency of the unit with the employer’s organizational structure;

  • Similarity of job functions and work; and
    The bargaining history in the particular unit and the industry.

The bill also prohibits exclusion of employees from the unit "unless the group's interests are sufficiently distinct from those of other employees to warrant the establishment of a separate unit."

Impact

Micro-unions and their members; employers; the NLRB.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 801

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In Depth: Rep. Tim Price (R-GA), a cosponsor of the bill, explained in a press release that micro-unions hurt workers and the economy:

“Under the Obama Administration, the National Labor Relations Board has once again exchanged political activism for American jobs. In efforts to placate the administration’s allies in organized labor, the NLRB has forfeited economic growth and forsaken the American worker. The Representation Fairness Restoration Act would reverse this harmful practice and restore the rights of America’s job creators and their employees.”

However, micro-unions could benefit workers. Attorney Michael Lotito explained in the Wall Street Journal that micro-unions give workers an organizational advantage by allowing them to form a union without everyone in the workplace wanting to join. Additionally, in cases where there isn’t an existing large union, small unions give workers the ability to bargain and see company information when they’d otherwise be unable to.

Of Note: This bill has been introduced before. In 2011, Rep. John Isakson (R-GA) introduced the bill to the Senate, but it never reached the Senate floor for a vote.

Tim Devaney at The Hill points out in an article that the existence of micro-unions is troubling to many employers in industries which don’t have many unions such as restaurants and hotels. This is because these employers fear that micro-unions could cherry-pick employees who they know will support the union in order to form a union that would raise costs for employers.

Media:

Summary by: Chris Conrad

(Photo Credit: Flickr user wispolitics)

AKA

Representation Fairness Restoration Act

Official Title

A bill to amend the National Labor Relations Act to provide for appropriate designation of collective bargaining units.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    IntroducedMarch 19th, 2015
    I just read a comment that read, unions are political and one said we are drunken brawlers. Lol and another who said outlaw or ban unions altogether. So uninformed and mislead souls, using tired old talking points. We are political for a reason, and it's because we face ignorance such as yours. We pay a due, so that we can compete with the other lobbyist who daily deliberately tear away at the middle class. Taking whatever rights earned by truly honest people who sacrificed. I can understand an informed discussion on the merit of union labor vs the non union worker. Somehow I think it would just become what I have seen just now in the comments , pure hatred for something you obviously don't really understand. I don't hold that against you though. So I'll just say this, the union worker in this country is better trained, safer, more productive, and more involved. We don't fault you for working the way you choose, even though you don't reciprocate. Union now ,union forever!
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    Anything that harms workers ability to organize is just plain bad.
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    Look at Bolshevist Britain in the sixties, or Italy, and see why this 'Micro (wildcat) Units' euphemism is absurd to even consider. Every workday four drunken brawlers could kill a half day's production. For true freedom in enterprise, look to the Right to Work states. At least as regards the private sector, those have gained the upper hand, and rightly so, as they produce more, employ more, and become the magnet for corporate relocations creating JOBS.
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    Workers should never not be able to bargain their rights as an employee. That doesn't make any sense.
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    Unions are nothing more than organized political corruption engines and that corruption has led to underfunded Union pensions across the globe. Start small and work to eliminate them completely.
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    Unions are terrible, but citizens should have complete freedom of association. If you want to join a micro union, so long as the government doesn't negotiate with you or force anyone else to do so, you should have every right to do that.
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    Outlaw unions all together
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    People can't afford this Redic program!
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    Why is the government intervention involved in American basic rights to bargain for their own futures
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    Either prohibit unions entirely or allow them to operate as. They see fit.
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    Unions are good for workers, the middle class, and the economy (and therefore good for business)
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    Unions, big and small, are a business, providing support and representation for their members. If we ban unions we might as well ban businesses. In some cases we need more transparency into the union's practices, but certainly no explicit ban.
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    Banning unions of any size, allows companies to treat employees as numbers rather than the people who make their bread and butter... one reason my generation can't have that one job that we retire from and get a pension from.
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    One of our biggest and most current tragedies is the decline of the unionized worker. Labor organization is one of the most important and most neglected paths to securing upward mobility for low-income and middle class employees.
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    I I see this is a transparent attempt to reduce union power and disenfranchised workers
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    Anything supported by the NLRB is bad!
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