Tom Luetkemeyer Discusses the Trend of Microunit Unionizing

January 25, 2017
Human Resource Executive

Hinshaw attorney Tom Luetkemeyer talked with Julie Cook Ramirez of Human Resource Executive about the trend towards so-called microunits of union bargaining power. A microunit refers to a small group of all employees at a given worksite that has been certified as a bargaining unit.

Luetkemeyer said that unions have embraced the microunit approach, since it's much easier to organize a small group of employees than an entire department or workplace. He also notes that microunits pose a major logistical challenge for employers, who may find they have to administer different work rules, compensation and benefits structures, as well as disciplinary requirements for each bargaining unit.

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"Microunits: No Small Matter" was published by Human Resource Executive, January 10, 2017.

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