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New union notice rule scalded by business community

On the heels of useful guidance on social media policies, the National Labor Relations Board kicked the proverbial hornet’s nest with its announcement of a new requirement that employers post notices explaining workers’ rights to unionize.

Not surprisingly, business groups and Republicans howled in protest at the issuance of the new rule.

According to a NLRB press release, the notice states that employees have the right to act together to improve wages and working conditions, to form, join and assist a union, to bargain collectively with their employer, and to refrain from any of these activities.

The notice also provides examples of unlawful employer and union conduct and instructs employees how to contact the NLRB with questions or complaints.

The new rule will take effect next Nov. 14. The actual wording of the notice has yet to be finalized.

Not well received by business

Reaction to the NLRB move was swift. Republicans, already steaming over what they see as an improper broadening of the power of the labor board, were calling the NLRB things like “a rogue agency.”

And a New York Times story quoted Randel K. Johnson, senior vice president for labor policy at the United States Chamber of Commerce, as saying: “This is one more initiative among those we expect to be coming out over the next month that are essentially gifts to organized labor.”

For a look at the new rule, go here.

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  1. So now I will be required by law to “post” the law that will allow our employees to unionize so that they can make the decision to close our doors for good, because if the union comes in we are done!
    Well done liberals!

  2. I can already hear the break and lunch time conversations. My small company strives to keep wages and benefits equal to prevent unions, but all it will take is 1 unhappy (and there’s always at least 1) employee to start closing our doors. Thanks

  3. This is unbelievable!!! I think the NLRB has overstepped their bounds. They should have NO SAY in supporting or not supporting unions. They certainly shouldn’t pass rules forcing it on any company. In my opinion. union are this country’s new “organized criminals”. If I owned a company in which the employees decided to force unionization, I would close my company and let them all go find new jobs.

  4. And the union bosses, who make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, are laughing all the way to the bank!

  5. bad behavior is what caused the union membership to decline but now we need to save them by advertising their existance? As a company representative whose whole job is protecting the employees, I can’t protect them from the unions’ bad behavior as well.

    My favorite tidbit from the news is that the unions are protesting Georgia’s move to get people back to work because the unions believe the unemployed have earned the right to collect unemployment and not work. Ai, yi, yi! When will the insanity end?

  6. After reading the information provided by the link above it makes it even more frightening and a little insulting to my company. From that site I quote “the Board proposed that failure to post the notice would be found to be an unfair labor practice—i.e., to interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees in the exercise of their NLRA rights”, so basically we are criminals if we don’t promote unions. Informing employees of their rights is one thing, but unless they change the final wording to be better than what is inferred on the website it seems like pro-union rhetoric to me.

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