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Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Counter Ambush Election Rule

The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate March 27 introduced three bills to reverse key elements of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) contentious “ambush election” rule. The NLRB’s proposed rule dramatically shortens the amount of time between when a union files a representation petition and when an election takes place to as few as 10 days in addition to requiring employers to submit their employees’ personal contact information to union organizers. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Denounces NLRB’s ‘Ambush’ Proposal Ahead of House Hearing

ABC reaffirmed its strong opposition to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) reissued “ambush election” proposal in a letter to the leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce ahead of this morning’s full committee hearing. The hearing, titled “Culture of Union Favoritism: The Return of the NLRB’s Ambush Election Rule,” and ABC’s letter focused on NLRB’s shift under the Obama Administration from a neutral arbiter of federal labor law to an advocate of union organizing.
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NLRB Again Seeks to Shorten Union Election Timeframes

As expected, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Feb. 5 reissued a proposed rulemaking that will reduce the amount of time between when a union files a representation petition and an election takes place from the current average of 38 days to as few as 10. 
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NLRB Formally Withdraws Ambush Elections Rule, Reissuance Expected

The National Labor Relations Board Jan. 22 formally withdrew its modified ambush elections rule, which would have reduced the amount of time between when a union files a representation petition and an election takes place to as few as 17 days. 
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President Signs Bipartisan Spending Bill with Funding Cuts to DOL, NLRB

President Obama Jan.17 signed into law a $1.01 trillion omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 3547) that funds all federal agencies for fiscal year 2014. The Senate Jan. 16 passed the appropriations bill by a 72-26 vote and the House Jan. 15, passed the bill by a 359-67 vote. The legislation includes funding decreases for many federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board.
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Optimism Following Oral Arguments in NLRB Recess Appointments Case

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Jan. 13 in the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recess appointments case (Noel Canning).  The oral arguments centered on a lower court ruling that held President Obama’s early 2012 recess appointments of three members to the NLRB were unconstitutional. More background information on the Noel Canning case and ABC National’s involvement can be found on the ABC website. 

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NLRB Abandons Controversial “Employee Rights” Poster Rule

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) January 6 formally abandoned its controversial “Employee Rights” notice poster rule after deciding not to file a petition for the U.S. Supreme Court to review two U.S. Court of Appeals decisions invalidating the notice posting rule. The rule would have required employers to display a poster in their workplace that contained a biased and incomplete list of employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act. 
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NLRB Drops Appeal of Ambush Elections Rule, Reissuance Expected

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Dec. 9 agreed to dismiss its appeal of a court ruling invalidating its controversial “ambush” election rule, which would have drastically reduced the amount of time between when a union files a representation petition and an election takes place.
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DOL and NLRB to Focus on Persuader and Ambush Election Rules in 2014

In its regulatory agenda released Nov. 27, the Department of Labor (DOL) listed a date of March 2014 to release its “persuader” final rule , which severely narrows long-standing reporting exemptions for employers and labor relations experts and redefines “advice.”  
If the rule is finalized, it will greatly expand the circumstances in which third party advice, which employers use to educate their employees about collective bargaining, would have to be reported by both the employer and the third party. Third parties include attorneys and association staff. As the proposal is currently written, the disclosure requirements also include money paid for these services. 
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U.S. Supreme Court to Take Up NLRB Recess Appointment Case Jan. 13, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court has set a date of Jan. 13, 2014, to review a lower court ruling that President Obama’s early 2012 “recess” appointments of three members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were unconstitutional.
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