Rep. Rick Allen Votes to Overturn NLRB’s Ambush Election Rule, Protect Fairness in the Workplace

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Washington, March 19, 2015 | comments

U.S. Congressman Rick Allen (R-Ga.-12) today applauded House passage of S.J. Res. 8 to stop the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from enforcing its misguided “ambush election” rule, which is scheduled to go into effect April 14, 2015. The rule shortens the duration in which labor union elections are held, undercutting a fair election process for workers, employers and union members.

 “NLRB’s ambush election rule undermines the rights of both workers and employers and creates more challenges for businesses when our economy can least afford it,” said Congressman Allen. “Just as troubling, it is a threat to the privacy of workers and their families, as employers would be required to disclose the names, addresses, phone numbers and emails of employees to the NLRB and then the union. I’m pleased Congress has acted on this bicameral effort to protect fairness in the workplace and the rights of hardworking Americans and job creators.”

The “ambush election” rule, which NLRB finalized in December, would shorten the length of time in which labor union certification elections are held from the current duration of 38 days to as little as 11 days. This change severely limits the time employers have to communicate with their employees about a union election and undermines employees’ ability to gather information and make an informed decision. The rule also jeopardizes employee privacy by requiring employers to disclose the personal information, including email addresses, work schedules, phone numbers, and home addresses, of workers and their families to union leaders.

S.J. Res. 8 previously passed the Senate and will now go to the President.

Congressman Allen also spoke on the House floor about the negative impact of this rule for businesses and their employees and urged his colleagues to support S.J. Res. 8. Watch video of his remarks HERE.
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