NLRB Allows Micro Organizing.

Shoe sales staff at Bergdorf Goodman, one of the tiniest department stores in the world, will be allowed to vote on union membership.

The federal body that interprets labor law has ruled that a specific portion of a workplace can vote on joining a union, independent of its co-workers in other parts of the building or the company.

The decision grew out of a labor discussion from, of all places, Bergdorf Goodman, one of New York City’s upper-crust department stores. The National Labor Relations Board several weeks ago ruled that the Fifth Avenue retailer’s shoe department workers could join a local affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers.

That process would create a group called a “micro-union.” A hearing officer for the labor board said that the shoe department employees follow unique procedures throughout the store. They also have skills and training that workers in other departments do not have.  Read the rest of the article by Jack Katzaknek for


Posted on June 21, 2012, in Labor Relations. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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