House panel OK’s bill to limit NLRB

Would negate board’s ruling on union votes

The bill also would reverse an NLRB decision in an Alabama case called Specialty Healthcare, which allowed workers with a common job description - in that particular case, certified nursing assistants at a nursing home - to vote on whether to unionize without the involvement of the site’s other workers.

Businesses and conservatives have denounced the ruling, noting that a potential union could determine which workers were part of the “bargaining unit,” effectively both gerrymandering a workplace and forcing employers to deal with multiple “miniunions.” Previous law had required unionization approval from the whole storewide bargaining unit.

“In the Specialty Healthcare decision, we’ve heard the word ‘radical’ a number of times, and I believe what’s radical is what’s come out of the NLRB,” Mr. Kline said.

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