The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement
from Executive Vice President Katherine Lugar in response the U.S. Senate’s
failure to pass a joint resolution disapproving of the National Labor Relations
Board’s (NLRB) ambush elections rule.
“While we are
disappointed with the outcome of today’s vote, we will continue to fight to
overturn the NLRB’s ill-conceived decision.
elections rule undermines due process and employee and employer rights, unfairly
tilting election outcomes in favor of Big Labor.
spend months quietly campaigning, making their case for unionization to workers
often without the knowledge of employers, denying employers the opportunity to
present their side of the story. Employers caught off guard by a sudden show of
interest and notice that a union election is just days away, will be
ill-equipped to present their case to workers, who would then be forced to vote
with only half of the facts.
elections rule, along with another NLRB decision that creates micro-bargaining
units, undermines employee and employer rights, and stifles job creation at a
time when we can least afford it.”
According to NLRB’s own
data, the average unionization election occurs 31 days after valid petitions are
presented. The ambush election rule could shorten that period to as little as
10 days. Absent Congressional actions, the ambush elections rule will take
effect April 30.
These issues are
particularly important in retail, where many among the executive ranks started
their careers working on the floor of a store. Retailers encourage employees to
learn about their business by working in multiple departments. They recognize
the value of a workforce that is cross-trained and employees appreciate the
variety in their day-to-day work activities. It is especially important in the
current economy, when many are looking for additional shifts, which are more
available when free movement between departments can take place.
RILA is the trade
association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA
members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service
suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales,
millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities
and distribution centers domestically and abroad.
SVP, Communications & State Affairs