By Jen Carsen, ERI Managing Editor
As you’ve probably heard by now, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently proposed to amend the procedures it follows prior and subsequent to conducting a secret ballot election to determine if employees wish to be represented for purposes of collective bargaining.
The new rules would shorten the time period between a union's election request and the actual voting, force you to turn over employee lists to the union much faster, and delay any lawsuits or appeals you might file to slow things down.
Unsurprisingly, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has criticized the move: “This is another, not-so-cleverly-disguised effort to restrict the ability of employers to express their views during an election campaign, to inform employees of the pros and cons of unionization,” said Randel K. Johnson, the Chamber’s senior vice president for labor matters.
In a public statement, the Chamber called the proposal a “blatant attempt to give unions the upper hand by limiting the ability of employers to exercise their free speech rights. Unions already win more than 60% of all elections held by the Board, undermining any argument that current rules are unfair.”
We’ve scheduled a special webinar on July 29th to keep you informed on exactly what the proposed rules say and – even more importantly – what you need to do to protect your workplace. We hope you’ll consider joining us; click here for all the details.