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Business Associations Lobby Against "Micro-Unions"

Eight business groups on Tuesday called on Senate appropriators to overturn a National Labor Relations Board rule that enabled unions to create "micro-unions" representing groups of workers at one workplace.

The associations - including the National Restaurant Association, Retail Industry Leaders Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce - wrote in a letter that the micro-unions "create division in the workplace, increase operational complexities and costs, while also depriving employees of the flexibility and cross-training opportunities they seek." They asked the appropriators "to send a strong message this week to the [NLRB]" as they work on the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill.

"Micro-unions would be devastating to out member companies and their employees, by limiting customer service and denying today's workforce the upward mobility enjoyed by their predecessors," the letter says.

The letter was sent to the chair and ranking member of the Appropriations Committee, Sens. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), and the chair and ranking member of the subcommittee with labor oversight, Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).

The other groups on the letter were the Food Marketing Institute, International Council of Shopping Centers, International Franchise Association, National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors and National Retail Federation.

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