S. 1843 (112th): Representation Fairness Restoration Act

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Nov 10, 2011 (Introduced).

Status & Summary | PDF | Source: GPO

II

112th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1843

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 10, 2011

(for himself, Mr. Alexander, Ms. Ayotte, Mr. Blunt, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Burr, Mr. Chambliss, Mr. Coburn, Mr. Coats, Mr. Cochran, Ms. Collins, Mr. Corker, Mr. DeMint, Mr. Enzi, Mr. Graham, Mr. Hatch, Mrs. Hutchison, Mr. Inhofe, Mr. Johanns, Mr. Johnson of Wisconsin, Mr. Lee, Mr. Lugar, Mr. McCain, Mr. Paul, Mr. Risch, Mr. Shelby, Ms. Snowe, Mr. Thune, and Mr. Vitter) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

A BILL

To amend the National Labor Relations Act to provide for appropriate designation of collective bargaining units.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Representation Fairness Restoration Act.

2.

Amendment to the National Labor Relations Act

Section 9(b) of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 159(b)) is amended by striking the first sentence and inserting the following: In each case, prior to an election, the Board shall determine, in order to ensure to employees the fullest freedom in exercising the rights guaranteed by this Act, the unit appropriate for the purposes of collective bargaining. Unless otherwise stated in this Act, excluding acute health care facilities, the unit appropriate for purposes of collective bargaining shall consist of employees that share a sufficient community of interest. In determining whether employees share a sufficient community of interest, the Board shall consider (1) similarity of wages, benefits, and working conditions; (2) similarity of skills and training; (3) centrality of management and common supervision; (4) extent of interchange and frequency of contact between employees; (5) integration of the work flow and interrelationship of the production process; (6) the consistency of the unit with the employer's organizational structure; (7) similarity of job functions and work; and (8) the bargaining history in the particular unit and the industry. To avoid the proliferation or fragmentation of bargaining units, employees shall not be excluded from the unit unless the interests of the group sought are sufficiently distinct from those of other employees to warrant the establishment of a separate unit. Whether additional employees should be included in a proposed unit shall be based on whether such additional employees and proposed unit members share a sufficient community of interest, with the exception of proposed accretions to an existing unit, in which the inclusion of additional employees shall be based on whether such additional employees and existing unit members share an overwhelming community of interest and the additional employees have little or no separate identity..