The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) urged Senators to vote “Yes”
today on S. J. Res. 36, a joint resolution disapproving of the National Labor
Relations Board’s (NLRB) ambush elections rule.
“S. J. Res. 36
protects employers’ free speech and due process rights during a union election
and ensures employees have access to critical information and time to consider
the issues at hand prior to entering the voting booth,” said Katherine
Lugar, executive vice president for public affairs. “RILA enthusiastically supports this
resolution and urges the Senators to vote yes.”
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 intervention, the ambush elections rule will take
effect April 30.
The ambush elections rule,
along with another NLRB decision that creates micro-bargaining units, undermines
employee and employer rights, and stifles job creation.
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.
“If the recent NLRB
decisions on ambush elections and micro-bargaining units are allowed to stand,
today’s front line employees will be denied the cross-training and advancement
opportunities enjoyed by their predecessors,” added
RILA issued a Key Vote Alert last week, in advance of today’s
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.