April is Stress Awareness Month. Let SHRM make your work life easier: Join Now
Shawn Premer shows how doing the right thing for employees leads to positive business results.
Is your employee handbook keeping up with the changing world of work? With SHRM's Employee Handbook Builder get peace of mind that your handbook is up-to-date.
Build competencies, establish credibility and advance your career—while earning PDCs—at SHRM Seminars in 12 cities across the U.S. this spring.
#SHRM18 will expand your perspective – on your organization, on your career, and on the way you approach HR. Join us in Chicago June 17-20, 2018
Members may download one copy of our sample forms and templates for your personal use within your organization. Please note that all such forms and policies should be reviewed by your legal counsel for compliance with applicable law, and should be modified to suit your organization’s culture, industry, and practices. Neither members nor non-members may reproduce such samples in any other way (e.g., to republish in a book or use for a commercial purpose) without SHRM’s permission. To request permission for specific items, click on the “reuse permissions” button on the page where you find the item.
Franchisee tells House subcommittee of the negative impact of micro-bargaining units
WASHINGTON, June 26, 2013 — The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) voiced its support for the Representation Fairness Restoration Act (H.R. 2347) in
testimony today before a subcommittee of the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee.
Speaking on behalf of the 260,000-member SHRM, Eric Oppenheim told the Subcommittee on Health,
Employment, Labor and Pensions that a 2011 National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision permitting labor organizations to form micro-bargaining units resulted in workforce fragmentation that is detrimental to employers and employees alike.
The Representation Fairness Restoration Act would overturn the NLRB v. Specialty Healthcare decision, which allowed the creation of small bargaining units.
“SHRM is very concerned that the micro-union standard established in the NLRB’s
Specialty decision is imbalanced and may harm employee morale, deprive employees of professional development opportunities and compel employers to negotiate with and manage unnecessarily small bargaining units of similar employees,” said Oppenheim, chief operating officer at Republic Foods in Rockville, Md.
His testimony outlined SHRM’s concern that the NLRB decision could create a burden to HR professionals and employers in managing multiple small bargaining units of employees who have different wages, hours and working conditions. As a result, SHRM supports the Representation Fairness Restoration Act, which was introduced by Rep. Tom Price of Georgia.
Oppenheim, a Burger King franchisee with about 530 employees, told the subcommittee: “Small businesses like ours with thin margins can’t afford the time and expense required to negotiate and manage crew members working under different collective bargaining contracts. The costs associated with complying with the NLRB decision may unfortunately compel employers of all sizes to raise prices, reduce services or eliminate jobs.”
Oppenheim, who is co-leader of SHRM’s Special Expertise Panel on Labor Relations, also noted the impact on employee morale. “The workforce fragmentation caused by the decision may deprive employees of autonomy at work,” he said. As a result, he noted, the decision could be detrimental to the workplace because smaller bargaining units would mean fewer available shifts for employees and could create morale problems when employees work side-by-side with those having different wages, benefits and working conditions.
A live stream of the subcommittee hearing is available at
http://edworkforce.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=339619. SHRM’s full testimony is available at
MEDIA: For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Kate Kennedy at
firstname.lastname@example.org and 703-535-6260 and 703-862-5192.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 260,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and the United Arab Emirates. Visit SHRM Online at shrm.org or follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.
You have successfully saved this page as a bookmark.
Please confirm that you want to proceed with deleting bookmark.
You have successfully removed bookmark.
Please log in as a SHRM member before saving bookmarks.
Please sign in as a SHRM member before saving bookmarks.
Please purchase a SHRM membership before saving bookmarks.
An error has occurred
Recommended for you
Choose from dozens of free webcasts on the most timely HR topics.
SHRM’s HR Vendor Directory contains over 3,200 companies