NLRB Nixes Specialty Healthcare's 'Micro-Unit' Standard

Law360, New York (December 15, 2017, 7:48 PM EST) -- The National Labor Relations Board on Friday overturned an Obama-era ruling allowing “micro-units” of workers to unionize in a decision split along party lines, lowering the bar for employers to expand bargaining units past the limits proposed by workers.

In a case involving a metal casting company, the Republican majority overturned the board’s 2011 Specialty Healthcare standard, which had required employers to show that workers they want included in a unit share an “overwhelming” community of interest with the union’s proposed organizing group.

The majority said Friday that Specialty Healthcare gave unions too much power to decide the makeup of bargaining...

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