Earlier this week the National Labor Relations Board proposed new rules concerning the vote by employees to join, or not join a union. Apparently not content with simply an attempt to halt Boeing from opening a new plant in South Carolina, a right to work state, the NLRB is forging ahead in other areas.
Currently, the average time between a union calling for an election at a workplace and the actual election is about 38 days. The NLRB is proposing to change that to somewhere between 19 and 23 days, and here is why.
Unions plan for elections months before any announcement is made of an attempt to unionize. Brochures are printed to hand out to employees containing, of course, truthful information about the benefits of unionizing. Signs are made to display at the place of business. Speeches are prepared, truthful, of course, to be given to the employees. All is in place before the employer has any knowledge of the unionizing effort.
The employer, upon learning of the call for a union vote, must then prepare whatever information he or she feels important to provide to the employees, and 38 days is way too long in labor’s mind. If only that time frame could be shortened, the employer might not be able to prepare whatever is necessary, and, the attempt to unionize would be victorious. So, the NLRB has decided to help by crafting a proposal that would cut the time employers have by approximately 50%.
The real laugher here is the statement of Mary Kay Henry, president of the SEIU.
At a time when corporations have lawyers and lobbyists speaking for them on Capitol Hill, it’s a good thing when a federal agency wants to allow working people to have a say.”
Of course, all this is happening as union membership in this country is declining.
Only 6.9% of private sector workers belonged to unions in 2010, and just 11.9% of all US workers, according to the Department of Labor. In 1983, unions represented 20.1% of all workers.
Congress, when controlled by the Democrats, refused to pass sweeping union “reforms”. No problem there when you have an administration that believes it can simply “legislate” from the Oval Office.