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For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                                                 CONTACT: Andrew Vehorn 
May 23, 2012                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             804-771-5307

Virginia Business Community United Against Micro-Unions

NLRB’s Recent Actions Highlight Why Tim Kaine, Others Need To State Their Position

Richmond, VA – The Alliance for Virginia Jobs (AVAJ), which consists of some of the largest and most prominent business associations in the Old Dominion, is strongly opposed to the decision this week made by the New York Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that allows the creation of micro-unions in contrast to decades of established case law and precedent.

The decision allows the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union to create two separate micro-unions for just women’s shoe store associates at Bergdorf Goodman’s Fifth Avenue store in New York City. Those associates work exclusively on the second and fifth floor. This means that associates who work on the first, third and fourth floor – for instance – would not be subject to the labor organization.

“Micro-unions will hurt job creation in Virginia over time because employers will be subject to additional pressure from labor organizers and bosses,” said Andrew Vehorn, spokesperson for the Alliance for Virginia Jobs (AVAJ). “Micro-unions are out of step with how Virginia does business. George Allen has come out in opposition to micro-unions and we look forward to hearing where Tim Kaine stands on this issue.”

Fighting micro-unions is one of the three primary goals of the Alliance for Virginia Jobs (AVAJ) along with opposing “ambush elections” and protecting confidential, proprietary employee information during union organizing efforts. As part of AVAJ’s activities, candidates for U.S. Senate in Virginia were asked to fill out a questionnaire stating their position on all three issues. George Allen and Jamie Radtke expressed strong opposition to micro-unions, Tim Kaine has not yet taken a position on the issue and AVAJ is calling on him and all other federal candidates running for office in the Commonwealth this year to oppose the NLRB action on micro-unions.

The Alliance for Virginia Jobs is an organization committed to protecting jobs in Virginia and standing up for the workers and small businesses in the state that grow the economy and create opportunities. The coalition members include the National Federation of Independent Business, Virginia Association of Health Plans, Virginia Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aging, Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Coal Association, Virginia Health Care Association, Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association, Virginia Poultry Federation, Virginia Retail Merchants Association, and Virginia Telecommunications Industry Association.

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