Since the Employee Free Choice Act (or ‘card check’) failed to pass Congress in 2009, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued several rulings to implement similar processes through the regulatory process. Since August 2011, rulings such as the Employee Rights Poster Requirement, the ‘ambush election’ rule, and the Specialty Healthcare micro-union decision could be extremely detrimental to the franchise small business community.
The House of Representatives has acted to reverse these rulings in 2011 by passing the Workforce Democracy & Fairness Act, spearheaded by the Chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Rep. John Kline (R-MN). At this time, the U.S. Senate has failed to bring the legislation up for a vote, although the IFA continues to work with the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) to urge Senators to hold a vote on this pivotal act.
CDW has filed suit against the NLRB in numerous cases, including the ambush election rule, poster requirement, and President Obama’s unlawful recess appointments to the NLRB.
• The unlawfully appointed NLRB is attempting to enact portions of the failed Employee Free Choice Act through regulation, against the will of democratically-elected Congress.
• The ‘ambush election’ rule would shorten the timeframe for holding a union election to a mere 10 days, restricting an employer’s right of free speech by limiting communications with employees about the detrimental impact unionization could have on the business.
• The poster requirement would force employers to put up a biased, unbalanced poster encouraging employees to unionize.
• In the Specialty Healthcare decision, the NLRB approved the formation of micro-unions, tiny bargaining units that exclude employees with similar interests to the benefit of unions seeking certification.
Issues and Action:
BACKGROUND AND MEMBER ADVOCACY
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For more information on the Employee Free Choice Act, including additional sample letters and articles, as well as detailed policy analysis and polling information visit the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace website at www.myprivateballot.com.
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