Unions look to get another win with NLRB proposed rule on membership
Posted by 5etester on December 21, 2010
The nations unions continue to get paid back in spades from supporting President Obama with their voting dollars. The NLRB ( National Labor Relations Board ) is proposing a new regulatory requirement of our nations employers. They will be required to post in the workplace a notice that lets employees know they have the right to unionize. The unions have failed thus far on getting card check passed, so they have found success here instead. Don’t worry, they haven’t given up on card check or their pension plan bailout either. This is right on the heels of winning their “sweetheart deals” ruling against the Dana Corporation. Since they can’t effectively sell their message of membership, they are now putting the onus on employers to do it for them. In fact, if your workers work from home or are otherwise mobile, you the employer will be forced to actively deliver this notice through other means.
So maybe you say what’s the big deal? No one is being forced to join the unions, only that a notice is posted illustrating their right to do so. The problem is that this is a necessary step in getting to that requirement. Power grabs don’t generally happen overnight. They are incremental. Each step lays the groundwork for the step to follow. You are expected to relax and think this is no big deal just as you will for the next step. It won’t just come down tomorrow that you are forced to join a union. It’s a tried and true method to get the American people to willingly accept ideas that they would reject out-of-hand if they were presented with it straight-up. It will evolve into a situation where you will face a choice. Going non-union will penalize you in some fashion. That’s the beauty of this type of strategy. Eventually, they get you to willingly cross the line and you won’t have any ill will as if you were unwillingly coerced into it.
Here is the text of the posting that employers will be required to post in the workplace. Sorry, they don’t have the downloadable version available from their website yet.
you have any questions about specific rights that may apply in your particular workplace.
“Under the NLRA, you have the right to:
genuine effort to reach a written, binding agreement setting your terms and conditions of
employment. The union is required to fairly represent you in bargaining and enforcing the
“Illegal conduct will not be permitted. If you believe your rights or the rights of
others have been violated, you should contact the NLRB promptly to protect your rights,
generally within six months of the unlawful activity. You may inquire about possible
violations without your employer or anyone else being informed of the inquiry. Charges
may be filed by any person and need not be filed by the employee directly affected by the
violation. The NLRB may order an employer to rehire a worker fired in violation of the
law and to pay lost wages and benefits, and may order an employer or union to cease
violating the law. Employees should seek assistance from the nearest regional NLRB
office, which can be found on the Agency’s website:
The National Labor Relations Act covers most private-sector employers.
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