Today, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) praised the House of Representatives for passing a joint resolution (S.J. Res. 8) disapproving of the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) ambush elections rule. The resolution passed the Senate 53 to 46 earlier this month, and retailers are now urging President Obama to sign the measure before the rule goes into effect on April 14. The resolution relies upon the Congressional Review Act to overturn the ambush elections decision.
"Congress has made clear that this rule change will have a negative impact on employment and workforce development," said Kelly Kolb, vice president for government affairs. "We urge President Obama to sign this resolution and roll back a politically motivated and damaging new regulation from the NLRB."
"The NLRB's decision to dramatically shorten the period before a union election, while limiting the issues and evidence that can be presented, erodes employers' rights and denies employees access to critical information and time to consider the issues," said Kolb. "In addition, this new rule will force employers to disclose the private phone numbers and email addresses of their employees, which raises significant privacy concerns for both parties."
The NLRB's own statistics show that the median time from petition to election is 38 days. Estimates suggest that the NLRB's ambush election decision could reduce that time to as little as 14 days, denying employees accesses to information from both sides before making their decision.
"Workers and employers need a reasonable period of time to have a rational and informed discussion before a union election," said Kolb. "Expediting this period is more about politics than sound labor practices, and it will ultimately rob both management and employees of their rights in the workplace."
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.