The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, of which NATSO is a member, on Jan. 5 filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from moving forward with its “ambush elections” rule.
The NLRB on Dec. 12 issued a final elections rule that dramatically shortens the time frame for businesses to hold union elections to as little as 14 days. The rule dictates procedures for workplace elections that determine whether employees want to be represented by a union.
“For nearly 70 years, the NLRB’s election procedures have ensured employees have reasonable time to gather the facts before they cast a ballot for or against union representation,” CDW legal strategist Josh Ulman said in a statement. “The NLRB’s rule abandons over a half century of successful elections to put the demands of politically powerful unions ahead of employees’ rights to make informed choices and employers’ rights to due process and free speech.
The rule has faced strong opposition from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Retail Federation and the National Association of Manufacturers among others because it unfairly hinders the ability of employees to make informed choices about whether to join a union and prevents employers from effectively communicating with employees.
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