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For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                                                         Contact: Jason Klindt 
May 23, 2012                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          816-392-0799

Claire McCaskill: Where Do You Stand On Micro-Unions?

NLRB’s Actions Highlight Danger To Missouri Employees & Small Business Owners

Jefferson City, MO – President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues to “payback” Big Labor bosses, while putting small business owners and employees at risk. In a recent decision, the NLRB’s Regional Director in New York City approved a micro-union application for employees at the retailer Bergdorf Goodman allowing the formation of separate unions for part-time and full-time employees on the second floor Designer Shoe Department and on the fifth floor Contemporary Shoe Department. These micro-unions could have as few as five members and their implementation would cause confusion for workers throughout the entire store.
In August of 2011, the NLRB ignored decades of well thought out policy and bipartisan support by creating new regulations allowing for the formation of multiple micro-unions within a single company. These regulations allow for numerous mini unions with varying interests and agendas competing for influence, while business owners would become entangled in an expensive mess of union red tape and competing demands.

“It’s time that Claire McCaskill stood with job creators and not Big Labor,” said Jason Klindt, state director of the Coalition to Protect Missouri Jobs (CPMOJ). “So far McCaskill has refused to tell her constituents where she stands on the formation of micro-unions. Does she support regulations by unelected bureaucrats that will result in disharmony, discord and distrust in the workplace?”

Senator McCaskill has the opportunity to support legislation introduced by Senator Johnny Isakson and co-sponsored by many of her colleagues which would prevent the formation of micro-unions. The Representation Fairness Restoration Act (S. 1843) would restore the standard rules and regulations governing the formation of a union at a company. These rules, which have been in place for decades, would continue to allow employees to join a union and collectively bargain with management.

“We need common sense rules that apply to employees and employers when it comes to forming a union,” said Jim Kistler, president of the Association of Builder Contractors Heart of America Chapter. “It does not make sense to have multiple micro-unions in one business. I hope that Senator McCaskill will support Senator Isakson’s common sense bill to maintain the status quo.”

CPMOJ recently sent a questionnaire to all Missouri candidates seeking federal office. That questionnaire asked each candidate where he or she stood on the formation of micro-unions. Unfortunately, Senator McCaskill refused to return her questionnaire, which leaves Missourians wondering where she stands on this critical issue. CPMOJ urges the Senator to publicly state her intentions on this issue, and whether she stands with Big Labor bosses or job creators.

The Coalition to Protect Missouri Jobs is an organization committed to protecting jobs in Missouri and standing up for the workers and small businesses in the state that grow the economy and create opportunities.

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