Education & the Workforce Committee
On October 5, 2011, Chairman John Kline (R-MN) introduced H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, which will protect employer’s free speech and worker’s free choice. The House Education and the Workforce Committee approved this legislation on October 26.
On June 22, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that will significantly change procedures that govern union elections. While it may sound modest, the proposed rule represents a dramatic shift in union election procedures that have stood for decades. The NLRB’s proposal will, among other things:
- Provide employers just seven days to find legal counsel and prepare their entire case to be presented at pre-election hearing convened by an NLRB election officer;
- Give workers as little as 10 days to consider all the consequences of joining a union before they have to vote in the election
- Severely limit an employer’s ability to raise additional issues or concerns throughout the pre-election hearing process; and
- Require that employers provide to the union even more intrusive information about their employees, including home or cell phone numbers, personal email addresses, and work schedules.