NLRB Snubs Small Business, Reissues Ambush Rule

Date: December 12, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact:  Eric Reller
202-314-2073 or [email protected]

NLRB Snubs
Small Business, Reissues Ambush Rule


WASHINGTON, D.C., December 12,
2014 — Karen Harned, Executive Director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center,
made the following statement in
response to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reissuing a 2011 rule to
accelerate union elections. NFIB had sued and stopped the
2011 rule, and testified
before the NLRB
in opposition of the reissuance in 2014.

“The union election
process currently takes a median of 38 days – allowing enough time for unions
to make their case and for employers to make theirs, after which employees have
the information they need to make an informed decision. But despite a federal
court throwing the previous version of this ambush election rule out – the NLRB
has decided to create policy for the sole purpose of holding unionization elections
at lightning speed, while reducing employees’ chances of making informed
decisions about the issues.

“Most small
businesses do not employ in-house counsel – leaving them to decipher
complicated labor laws on their own. It is clear that the NLRB has no interest
in serving as a neutral arbiter between employer and employee – but instead would
rather create rules to make unionization easier, at a devastating cost to
America’s job-creators.”




NFIB Small Business
Legal Center
 is a 501(c)(3)
organization created to protect the rights of America’s small business owners
by providing advisory material on legal issues and by ensuring that the voice
of small business is heard in the nation’s courts. The National Federation of
Independent Business is the nation’s leading small business association, with
offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals.

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