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Business groups ask senators to overturn NLRB’s ‘micro-union’ decision (Read More…)

By Kevin Bogardus - 06/12/12

More than a half-dozen business groups are asking Senate appropriators to roll back a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision that allows unions to form smaller bargaining units.

In a letter sent Tuesday, trade associations including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Retail Federation, the Retail Industry Leaders Association and the International Franchise Association asked lawmakers to overturn an August 2011 ruling that they argue allows labor to create “micro-unions.”

“The micro-unions decision overturns more than 50 years of precedent and would create division in the workplace, increase operational complexities and costs, while also depriving employees of the flexibility and cross-training opportunities they seek. For example, under the micro-union decision organizers could cherry-pick a small segment of employees within one department of one location and target them in an organizing campaign,” said the letter.

Unions are clear losers in Walker victory (Read More…)

By Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel
June 5, 2012

Madison - Voters dealt a blow to the nation’s public sector unions Tuesday in the state that first granted them broad bargaining power more than a half century ago.

In the first recall in U.S. history in which an incumbent governor retained office, Wisconsin chose to keep the governor who sparked the recall by eliminating most collective bargaining for most public employees as well as their ability to collect dues through payroll deductions.

Though public unions will not disappear as a result, they were the clear losers in a race that confirmed Gov. Scott Walker as a national star for Republicans. They now have no prospects for recovering what they lost, with neither the money nor manpower they had when Walker rose to office.

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