WASHINGTON, D.C. | March 4, 2014 -
On Wednesday, March 5 at 10:00 a.m., the House Education and the Workforce Committee, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), will hold a hearing entitled, “Culture of Union Favoritism: The Return of the NLRB’s Ambush Election Rule.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
On February 6 the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a proposed rule that will dramatically alter long-standing policies governing union elections. The board’s proposal will significantly shorten the time between the filing of a petition for a union election and the election date. Among other provisions, the rule provides employers just seven days to prepare a case to present before an NLRB regional officer and eliminates review by the board of contested issues raised before the election. The proposal also limits the opportunity for a full and fair hearing of issues that may arise during the election proceedings and allows union organizers to have greater access to employees’ personal information.
As a result of the board’s proposal, the ability of employers to communicate with employees will be severely restricted and the right of workers to make an informed decision in union elections will be crippled. Wednesday’s hearing will provide members the opportunity to examine the proposed rule and its effects on workers and employers. To learn more about this hearing, visit www.edworkforce.house.gov/hearings.
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Mrs. Doreen S. Davis
New York, NY
Mr. Steve Browne
Executive Director of Human Resources
Testifying on behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management
Ms. Caren Spencer
Weinberg, Roger, and Rosenfeld
Mr. William Messenger
National Right to Work Legal Foundation