Chamber: Congress should eliminate 'micro-unions'

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce documents the rise of so-called “micro-unions” in a new report released Monday.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) approved the first micro-union in a 2011 decision known as Specialty Healthcare, which allowed labor officials to organize small groups of workers within a company rather than the entire workforce. The practice spread from healthcare to retail, manufacturing, telecommunications, and other industries.

In the report, the Chamber’s Workforce Freedom Initiative argues that the formation of micro-unions allow labor officials to “cherry pick” workers who are more likely to organize to “gain a foothold at a business, even if a majority of workers do not support unionization.”

The Chamber is calling on lawmakers to overturn these controversial micro-unions, which it argues is one of many examples of the NLRB stacking the deck against business.

“The NLRB now approves virtually any bargaining unit suggested by a union, including micro-unions,” the Chamber wrote in the report.

So “a union can populate a prospective bargaining unit with those more inclined to accept representation and, thus, increase the odds that it will win the election,” it added.