Wednesday, February 05, 2014

NLRB resurrects union election rule

The Hill reports:
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is resurrecting a controversial rule that would speed up union elections.

The proposed regulation mirrors a proposal that was struck down in court in 2012, and would provide organizers with the email addresses and phone numbers of workers after a union election petition is filed. It would also consolidate appeals of union votes into a single post-election process and allow for electronic filing of union petitions, among other changes.

The regulation is certain to draw forceful opposition from business groups and Republican lawmakers, who say the rule is evidence of how the NLRB has tilted toward unions under President Obama.

In a statement on Wednesday, the NLRB said a notice of proposed rule-making (NPRM) will appear in the Federal Register on Thursday. The deadline for public comments on the rule will be April 7, and the NLRB plans to hold a hearing on the rule that same week.

No word yet on whether the NLRB will allow union organizers (sometimes members of Organized Crime) to contact the IRS and NSA to get e-mail addresses and phone numbers.