Going further, it could also lead to various small units of employees negotiating against each other or using the terms of a contract just negotiated as a floor to leap-frog over and still demand more. If an employer yields to the demands made by the various micro-unions, it could easily find itself insolvent, not unlike what happened to Detroit. Over the long-term, the American economy could potentially lose billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Given the enormous amount of havoc that the break-up of the workforce into micro-unions can have on our economy, the real question is why did the NLRB make this decision in the first place? The truth is that this is quintessential Washington payback; it is politics at its worst. Union bosses donated roughly one billion dollars to Obama’s two presidential campaigns and that of his allies and are looking for something in return. Their membership has been declining for decades because most workers are entirely against unionization for various reasons, starting with dues. However, the Specialty Healthcare decision will make it easier for labor organizers to gain a foothold into businesses despite the negative consequences that will result from the fragmentation of the workforce.
Griffin’s soon-to-be issued memorandum will undoubtedly put forward the interests of his union colleagues rather than the interests of American workers and small businesses. While as a government prosecutor he is obligated to be fair and impartial, he has had a tainted history which suggests an inability to do so.
Griffin previously was the general counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), a union of heavy-equipment operators which was overrun by elements of organized crime. Additionally, he was named as a defendant in a civil lawsuit dealing with embezzlement and racketeering, specifically with the portion dealing with attempts to cover it up.
Griffin’s loyalty to Big Labor bosses and his questionable ethics make it is safe to say that it is likely he will tow the union line and do nothing to narrow the scope of the Board’s damaging decision. If the NLRB really had America’s workers in mind, it would be working to protect them and their employers from micro-unions, an undue proliferation of bargaining units, as opposed to leading our nation’s businesses down a path to bankruptcy and their employees down a path of joblessness.