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The NLRB's Pro-Union Agenda Marches On: Recent Decisions Add Organization of Micro-Units and Other Union-Friendly Rules

Bloomberg Law Reports
November 10, 2011, Wendy K. Voss

Just before the term of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) Chair Wilma Liebman expired at the end of August, the NLRB issued three significant, pro-union decisions impacting organizing rights. In two of the cases, the Board returned to standards that had been changed during the Bush Administration, reinstating both the “recognition bar” and the “successor bar,” which are designed to solidify a union’s position. In the most significant of the decisions, the Board overturned a rule that had stood for 20 years to permit unions to organize sub-units of employees, or “micro-units.”

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