The Retail Industry Leaders
Association (RILA) issued the following statement from Executive Vice President
for Public Affairs Katherine Lugar in response to a federal court decision
striking down the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ambush elections
Judge James Boasberg of the U.S District Court for the District of
Columbia ruled that the ambush elections rule was invalid because the NLRB
lacked a quorum when the decision was made late last year.
“RILA applauds the
federal court ruling striking down the ambush elections rule and protecting due
process and fairness in union elections from the activist NLRB.
“By bending their own
rules in order to tilt election outcomes in favor of Big Labor the NLRB has
surrendered its credibility as an unbiased referee of union elections. The
NLRB’s pattern of weakening employer and employee rights in favor of the wishes
of union bosses is deeply troubling.
“The ambush 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.”
RILA recently filed an
amicus brief to the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on the case Kindred Nursing Centers
East, LLC v. National Labor Relations Board. The
case addresses the NLRB’s creation of micro-bargaining units, a
move that will lead to union gerrymandering of workplaces to deny workers who
oppose unionization a vote.
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.