Smaller isn’t always better
Micro-breweries are great. We have a couple of great ones here in the Tampa area that you should check out if you are ever in the area – Ybor City Brewing Company and the Dunedin Brewery. That’s the fun part of this post.
Here’s the rest, which is not so fun.
More than a year ago, I wrote about the possibility that businesses would start to see the recognition of something called “Micro Unions” in the workplace.
About now, you’re probably saying something like “What the hell’s a micro union”?”
It’s this, as excerpted from the Daily Caller:
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the mediation agency charged with interpreting and maintaining the fairness of unionizing efforts nationwide, will soon decide whether or not labor unions can break off different sections of workforces into small groups to organize five or 10 workers at a time instead of the entire workplace at once – or organize using “micro unions.”
The “micro unions” would essentially allow labor organizers to section off company employees by specific job descriptions. For example, if a union were trying to organize a restaurant staff, leaders would target servers, dishwashers, cooks and hostesses separately.
This is happening now. Earlier this month, the NLRB told Neiman Marcus that their argument that a sub-unit of people in one of their stores in New York would be subject to a union election.
This is the unit that he NLRB determined was right:
INCLUDED: All full-time and regular part-time women’s shoes associates in the 2nd Floor Designer Shoes Department and in the 5th Floor Contemporary Shoes Department employed in the Employer’s retail store located at 754 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York.
Not just the shoe department, but the women’s shoe department – located on the 2nd and 5th floors. Wow.
This isn’t the first time this has happened, and it certainly won’t be the last.