The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement in response to proposed changes to union elections announced today by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The decision would reduce the period before a union election to as little as 10 days and provide union organizers with greater access to approach workers off hours and at home.
“Quite simply, this flawed NLRB proposal would subject workers to harassment at home while also denying workers reasonable time to understand and consider the implications that the election will have on their job,” said Bill Hughes, senior vice president for government affairs. “The NLRB’s pattern of undermining employer and employee rights is deeply troubling. The ambush elections rule, along with another NLRB decision that creates micro-unions, weakens employee and employer rights, stifling employee advancement at a time when we can least afford it.”
The decision would require employers to provide union organizers with personal information, including the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of employees of a prospective bargaining unit.
According to NLRB data, the median number of days between a petition and a union election is 38 days.
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.