The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement in response to a decision announced today from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that substantially changes union election procedures.
“This flawed rule is harmful to both workers and employers. By dramatically changing the procedures that govern union elections, the rule limits the information available to employees prior to entering the voting booth, potentially subjects employees to harassment at home and undermines the due process rights of employers,” said Kelly Kolb, vice president for government affairs.
Referred to as “ambush elections,” the decision will substantially shorten the time before a union election is held, limiting employees’ access to information essential to making an informed decision during a union election. Further, the decision will force employers to provide private and confidential employee information, including email addresses and home phone numbers, to union organizers.
In April, RILA submitted detailed testimony to the NLRB on this matter. The testimony can be found here
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.