03.03.15

Senator David Perdue Condemns NLRB’s Malicious Ambush Election Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today cosponsored a resolution to overturn the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)’s misguided regulations on labor union elections. “This ruling from the NLRB is another example of why the American people are disgusted with Washington – it will negatively affect employee privacy and hurts businesses,” said Senator Perdue.

“My business experience has shown me that both transparency and trust are essential elements of a strong workplace, and the NLRB’s encouragement of ambush union elections undermines both.

“A majority of Senators have joined to condemn this ruling, and I will work with all of them to make sure that employers and employees alike have the opportunity to work and contribute to our economy without fear of their personal information being exposed, and with a fair shake under the law.”

Background:

In December, the NLRB issued a final rule making drastic changes to union representation election procedures. Known as the “ambush elections rule,” it is slated to go into effect April 14, 2015. The rule makes an end run around employers and forces workers to make the critical decision about whether to unionize their workplace without all the facts. The rule ambushes employers and employees by shortening the time between a union petition and a representation election from the current median of 38 days to as few as 11 days.

This dramatically limits employers’ ability to respond to unionization efforts, curtails their free speech, and limits their ability to exercise their rights under the law. The rule infringes on employee privacy by expanding the personal information about its employees (cellular phone numbers, personal email addresses, work schedules, and shift locations) an employer must hand over to unions.