Today, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) applauded the introduction of the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act and The Employee Privacy Protection Act, legislation aimed at curbing the harmful effects of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)'s ambush elections ruling. The bills, introduced by Reps. Kline and Roe and Sens. Alexander and Isakson, would preserve the rights of workers to make informed decisions and protect the privacy of both employers and employees.
"Ambush elections limit employees' access to information which threatens employee rights to free speech and due process," said Kelly Kolb, vice president for government affairs. "We applaud Congress for fighting back against the NLRB's efforts to erode employer and employee rights."
The NLRB is attempting bring significant and unnecessary change to a well-functioning system that already results in 95 percent of elections taking place in under two months and yielding certification in almost 70 percent of cases. Changes to the timing of elections limits employee access to essential information necessary to cast an informed vote, while at the same time limiting the ability of employers to exercise their right to free speech and address employee concerns.
"The ambush election issue is cause for significant concern among retailers, as it could have a significant impact on hiring and workforce development," said Kolb. "Congress must act to halt the activist agenda of a rogue NLRB."
The NLRB rule is scheduled to go into effect today, April 14.
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.