WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National Retail Federation released the following statement today from Senior Vice President of Government Relations David French on the National Labor Relations Board final rule on ambush elections, which would expedite the union election process:
“This is a devastating rule for employees throughout the retail industry. These men and women will be forced to make a decision that could drastically change their workplace environment without adequate information and time to consider the issues before them. The NLRB already conducts a vast majority of representation elections within a reasonable time frame and this rule is simply unnecessary and unfair.
“This rule is the latest attempt by the Obama Administration to aid their allies in Big Labor at the expense of employers and employees. After failing to achieve legislative success with the Employee Free Choice Act, even with a strong Democratic majority in Congress in 2009 and 2010, the Administration has been relentless in trying to slip major elements of the legislation into law through regulatory action.
“Undermining the integrity of the union organizing process by speeding up elections ensures that workers will not have access to all of the facts when making decisions. The only winners here are union organizers.
“The National Retail Federation is considering both a legal and legislative strategy to combat the outrageous erosion of employee and employer rights at the NLRB.
"It comes as no surprise to us that the NLRB would want to avoid public scrutiny for such a controversial rule by putting it out on a Friday in December right before the holidays.”
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation.