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Isakson gunning for NLRB, micro unions

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The National Labor Relations Board’s green lighting of a New York City micro bargaining unit has caught the ire of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, who said in an angry press release the group had coopted the legislative role of the Senate to “tip the scales in favor of labor unions.”

The NLRB shredded 50 years of labor law precedent when it approved last year the first micro union, through which as few as five workers may organize unique bargaining units. The board, designed in part to mediate disputes between labor and management, doubled down last week when it gave license to the shoe department of NYC retailer Bergdorf Goodman.

“There is not a problem as far as unions being able to organize, but there is a huge problem in that the labor board continue to try to overturn decades’ worth of labor laws that have served us well in order to tip the scales in favor of unions,” the Georgian said in the release. “The recent decision at Bergdorf Goodman is an example of the labor board’s doing through regulation what we ought to be doing through legislation on the floor of the Senate.”

Isakson, the ranking GOP’er on the Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, was among the earliest and fiercest critics of the NLRB’s micro union decision. He introduced in November 2011 the Representative Fairness Act that would have blocked the controversial measure.

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