The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) applauded legislation reported out of a U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee today that would prevent the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from implementing new regulations on "ambush elections."
A provision included in the FY 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) funding bill preserves the rights of workers to make informed decisions in a union election and protects the privacy of 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 the subcommittee for fighting back against the NLRB's efforts to erode employer and employee rights."
The new NLRB election rules bring significant and unnecessary change to a 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 NLRB rule went into effect on 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.