NLRB Ambush Election Rule Upheld
(August 31, 2015) In late July, the DC federal court issued a decision in the Chamber of Commerce challenge to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ambush election rule. The judge ruled in favor of the NLRB, upholding the rule. The rule shortens the length of time in which labor elections are held from 38 days to now 11. A resolution passed by Congress earlier this year to end the rule ultimately was vetoed by President Obama. It is possible that an appeal could be made to the DC Circuit Court and we will continue to monitor the situation.
Important Employment Services Alert: President Obama Vetoes Bill that Blocks NLRB Ambush Election Rule
(April 2, 2015) President Barack Obama on Tuesday used the fourth veto of his presidency to block a Senate joint resolution that would have killed the new National Labor Relations Board “Ambush Elections” rule allowing speedier union elections, saying that halting the rule would “block modest but overdue reforms.” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio blasted Obama’s move, saying the changes would harm workers and business owners alike. While two lawsuits alleging the rule change is unlawful remain pending, most legal scholars believe those suits lack the ability to stop the rule from going into effect on April 14th. For more information, read this article on Ambush Elections – the most significant in 50 years of labor relations –by OGA’s preferred labor relations attorney Matt Austin.
Important Employment Services Alert: NLRB Rule Preparation
(March 26, 2015) The new NLRB Ambush Election rule is less than one month away from going into effect. On April 14, 2015, significant changes to federal labor law will occur. Although both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed resolutions condemning this new rule, yet President Obama has promised a veto on the action. With this mind, it is important that employers understand the new labor law changes and take appropriate actions to prepare. Please review the document on Ambush Elections from Roetzel & Andress for detailed information on all the coming changes.
Action Alert: Urge House to Pass Resolution to Disapprove of the NLRB Ambush Election Rule
(March 12, 2015) OGA encourages members to take a few minutes and contact your respective House of Representative member and urge their support on H.J. Resolution 29, a resolution that would disapprove of the so-called National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) “ambush election” rule. This rule, which passed the Senate via a 53-46 vote, proposes shortening elections periods to as little as ten days, severely hampering and harming both employees and employers. Contact them today!
As Threatened, NLRB Implements Ambush Election Rules
(December 18, 2014) On December 11, 2014, our Alert warned that the NLRB’s ruling to allow employees to use company-provided email systems for union organizing was perhaps the first of a flurry of pro-union rulings to be released between now and the end of the year. Today the NLRB “modernized” its union election procedures. The Board’s “modern” representation procedures are heavily slanted to favor unions winning representation elections and become effective on April 14, 2015. Click here for additional information. (Courtesy of Roetzel & Andress)
Stop the AMBUSH elections
(April 17, 2014) As you may recall, OGA submitted comments to the National Labor Relations Board last week on their proposed ambush election rulemaking authority last week. In our submission, we outlined the devastating impact such a rule would have on Ohio’s grocery industry. Please see OGA’s full comments here. In addition, we commend NGA’s labor counsel Kara Maciel for spending an entire day at the National Labor Relations Board and representing our industry’s concerns to the Board.
We are also urging our members to contact Congress and ask them to support legislation that will thwart the NLRB’s action. Specifically, H. R. 4320, sponsored by Congressman John Kline (R-MN), and H. R. 4321, introduced by Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN), as well as Senator Lamar Alexander’s (R-TN) companion legislation, S. 2178, all of which address both the “ambush” and the employee privacy issues.
OGA Submits Comments to NLRB
(April 10, 2014) OGA submitted comments to the National Labor Relations Board on their proposed ambush election rulemaking authority last week. In our submission, we outlined the devastating impact such a rule would have on Ohio’s grocery industry. The proposed rule would make drastic changes to long-standing procedures for conducting union representation elections and would ultimately trample employees’ right to privacy. Please see OGA’s full comments here.