Court Upholds NLRB Union-Organizing Rule

By Melanie Trottman, The Wall Street Journal

A federal-district court has upheld a National Labor Relations Board rule that is expected to speed union-organizing elections, a blow to several business trade groups that sued to block it.

Workplace Democracy Gets Ambushed

By Peter Schaumber, The Wall Street Journal

You may have heard of the National Labor Relations Board’s new “ambush election” rule—so-called because it hurriedly schedules union elections within as little as two weeks, depriving employers of the time needed to learn about the union and express their views to employees.

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After 80 Years, Labor Law Needs Reform

Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) recently penned an op-ed that celebrates the 80th anniversary of the National Labor Relations Act and praises the work of the National Labor Relations Board, which is charged with enforcing the Act. In same piece, she sharply criticizes attempts to reform the Act and Board.

For the NLRB, unionization is the end that justifies any means

By Peter Schaumber, The Washington Times

When the NLRB chairman claimed in a press release that the agency’s controversial new election procedures would give “businesses and workers a process they deserve that is effective, fair, and free of unnecessary delays,” the devils in hell must have blushed. The Board’s new “Ambush Election” rule has nothing to do with fairness. It was adopted to limit, if not eviscerate, an employer’s protected speech on the issue of unionization before an election and to stack the deck in favor of a union outcome.

In Budget Proposal Riddled With Anti-Union Measures, House Republicans Take Aim At National Labor Relations Board

By Cole Strangler, International Business Times

House Republicans voted Wednesday to slash the budget of the federal agency that enforces the nation’s foundational labor laws and attached to the proposal a number of anti-union measures championed by industry lobbyists. Under the bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) would see its budget drop by a whopping 27 percent.