• NLRB Continues to Endorse Micro-Units
  • August 20, 2014
  • Law Firm: Frantz Ward LLP - Cleveland Office
  • Unions, in order to increase membership, are now attempting in some cases to represent employees in small "micro-units" as opposed to the traditional approach of representing employees throughout an employer's facility. Micro-units come into existence when unions "pick off" employees in certain departments, and claim that these departments should be a bargaining unit apart from their co-workers. Unions have employed this strategy because it is generally easier to organize a small number of employees rather than an employer's entire non-supervisory workforce. (To organize a 15 employee department in a 150 employee workplace, the union would need only 8 supporters instead of 76!) The strategy undermines the traditional criteria that governed whether a bargaining unit is appropriate by allowing unions to "slice up" a workplace by targeting only those workers who agree with them. It also exposes employers to dueling unions, each representing a different department.