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Virginia’s Business Community Highlights Danger Of “Micro-Unions”

Richmond, VA – As the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations debated disallowing taxpayer dollars from being directed toward the National Labor Relations Board’s “micro-union” or Specialty Healthcare decision, leading business associations representing Virginia retailers and employers gathered in the commonwealth to conduct media briefings on the issue.

“We are here to tell candidates for office in Virginia that we oppose micro-unions, and efforts by the National Labor Relations Board could hurt job creation and business investment,” said Andrew Vehorn, state director of the Alliance for Virginia Jobs (AVAJ).  “Recently, we asked every Virginia candidate for federal office where they stood on the issue of micro-unions.  Former Governor and Senator George Allen responded by saying he opposed micro-unions.  While former Governor Tim Kaine did acknowledge he supports Virginia’s right-to-work status, yet he failed to tell Virginians where he stands on this critical issue, which the U.S. Senate just debated.  We need to hear how our elected officials will vote on important issues such as these.”

Nicole Riley, state director for National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) said, “Micro-unions will fundamentally change the way unions are formed in Virginia.  Small businesses could face the prospect of having to negotiate contracts with five or six separate unions which would be expensive, inefficient and unfair.”

Senator Lindsey Graham offered an amendment that would have stopped President Obama’s labor board from approving micro-unions.  While the amendment received bipartisan support, the vote ultimately was a tie with the committee voting 15-15.  The outcome of yesterday’s vote highlights why citizens in the Old Dominion need an answer from Governor Kaine on his position regarding micro-unions.