The five-member National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is tasked with interpreting and enforcing the National Labor Relations Act. The agency is supposed to serve as a neutral arbiter of federal labor law, but under the current administration it has promoted the narrow policy goals of the politically powerful unions.
The NLRB recently finalized its controversial “ambush” elections rule. The rule significantly changes the union
election process by reducing the amount of time between when a union files a
representation petition and accelerates an election from a current median of 38
days to as few as 10 to 14 days. The rule also seeks to “streamline” the
process by deferring or eliminating long-held employer rights. In addition, the
rule requires employers to hand over their employees’ names, home addresses,
phone numbers, email addresses, work locations, shifts and job classifications
to union organizers.
The NLRB “ambush” elections final rule will work hand-in-glove with the U.S.
Department of Labor’s pending “persuader” rule, which ABC also opposes.
Together, these two rules could achieve a primary objective of the deceptively
named Employee Free Choice Act by forcing labor neutrality on employers.
If left unchecked, NLRB actions will further jeopardize economic recovery and
profoundly impact millions of American employers and their employees. It is
imperative that Congress works to restore much-needed balance to the workplace.
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