In letters sent to Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Congressman Tom Price (R-GA), the Retail Industry Leaders Association applauded the introduction of new legislation addressing the efforts of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to fragment workplaces and create micro-unions in the wake of the Specialty Healthcare decision.
The legislation submitted in both the House and Senate, titled the Representation Fairness Restoration Act, aims to halt the activist agenda of the NLRB by reversing the Specialty Healthcare decision which effectively redefined the standard for determining appropriate bargaining units, dramatically overturning decades of precedent.
“We strongly support Senator Isakson and Congressman Price’s legislation to overturn the NLRB’s decision that paves the way for micro-unions,” said Bill Hughes, senior vice president. “As an industry, we need Congress to stand up to an increasingly overzealous regulatory board that continues to hinder our ability to offer our employees greater flexibility in the workplace. These rulings are stifling job growth in the entire retail sector, one of America’s largest job providers.”
“With the Specialty Healthcare decision already being implemented, retailers urge Congress to take action.”
The decision from the NLRB has grave consequences for employees, job creators, and U.S. productivity. Micro-unions would unnecessarily fracture retail workforces, undermining staffing flexibility, hindering employee development and impeding the customer service essential to the industry’s growth.
Both letters can be found HERE .
RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.