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Tester Remains Silent On Big Labor Connections & Micro-Unions

Coalition Releases New Video Highlighting Tester Dodging Labor Questions

Helena, MT – The Coalition to Protect Montana Jobs (CPMTJ) today unveiled a new video highlighting Senator Jon Tester’s continued effort to “dodge” questions from small business owners and employees regarding his position on micro-unions.

“Montanans have a right to know how our elected officials plan to vote on critical issues facing our state’s economy,” said Chuck Denowh, state director of the Coalition to Protect Montana Jobs (CPMTJ).  “Senator Tester has dodged every opportunity we have given him to take a stance on micro-unions.  It is high time that he tell us what his position is on this issue."

In August 2011, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reached a decision in the Specialty Healthcare case allowing for the formation of multiple micro-unions within a single company.  These small unions with varying interests and agendas compete to influence, and in some cases, threaten employees and management.

In a recent decision, the NLRB’s Regional Director in New York City approved a micro-union application for employees at the Bergdorf Goodman retailer allowing the formation of separate unions for part- and full-time employees in the second floor designer shoe department and fifth floor contemporary shoe department.  These micro-unions can have as few as two or three members, and their implementation will cause confusion for workers throughout the entire workplace.

The Coalition to Protect Montana Jobs is an organization committed to protecting jobs in Montana and standing up for the workers and small businesses in the state that grow the economy and create opportunities.       
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