NLRB to Silence Workers and Employers with Ambush Election Rule
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, February 05, 2014, 07:14 PM EST
National Retail Federation Prepares its Objections
The National Retail Federation today issued the following statement from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French on the National Labor Relations Board decision to reissue its ambush election rule:
“The National Labor Relations Board has issued its ‘new’ ambush election rule that seeks to limit employees and employers’ participation in union elections by reducing the timeframe between the filing of union petitions and the actual election. What’s not new is the NLRB’s desire to support union activism over sound public policy.
“The rule will limit the freedom of speech and expression of workers and businesses alike, and is part of NLRB’s coordinated campaign to tilt union elections toward their friends and allies in Big Labor. NLRB’s proposed ambush election rule is an answer in search of a problem.
“The National Retail Federation maintains that employers should be given ample time and opportunity to make their case on unionization and intends to file its formal objections to the ambush election rule. NRF urges the NLRB to live up to its obligation to be an objective arbiter for both employees and employers.”
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. www.nrf.com.