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NLRB: Workers get to decide on locations to be unionized

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If you are in the health care industry and have several facilities, it might be convenient to have one union represent all your employees. Just don’t expect the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to buy that argument.

It’s likely to approve a union election for one facility if that’s what a union seeking to represent the employees proposes.

Recent case: When a union petitioned to represent emergency medical technicians in three skill categories at one facility, the employer argued that the union should have to represent employees across all the employer’s facilities.

The NLRB disagreed and concluded that the relevant employees at the single facility should decide whether they wanted the ultimate say in union representation of their interests. (Healtheast Care System v. International Association of EMTs and Paramedics, No. 18-RC-142171, NLRB, 2015)

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John Raudabaugh February 25, 2015 at 8:04 pm

The current NLRB will approve micro-units despite an employer’s physical and operating structures to insure a union victory…because a union wants to only seek an election in a unit it knows it can win. Moreover, the union win rate in elections generally is 65%. Micro units will increase indirect costs for employers significantly because of the likelihood of multiple small or micro units with different unions. We are on a road to lower productivity, competing unions, more risk of strikes and less economic growth.

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