From the Conference
New Ambush Election Rule Is Harmful and Unnecessary
Apr 23 2012
- President Obama's ambush election rule is just another example of a power grab that gives political favors to Big Labor at the expense of local job creators.
- This overreaching regulation disproportionately hurts local small businesses by increasing uncertainty and driving up compliance costs.
- The ambush election rule limits the ability of employers to communicate with workers, which would likely result in workers making uninformed decisions about whether to join a union.
The New Regulation Favors Big Labor Over Small Business
- Under the new rule, union elections could occur just 10 days after an employer is notified.
- This short time period restricts the employer's free speech rights and limits the employee's opportunity to hear both sides of the argument to unionize.
- The new regulation is especially harmful to small business owners, who may need to quickly hire expensive legal counsel versed in the complex labor laws.
Ambush Elections Are a Political Solution in Search of a Problem
- Unions already win more than 70 percent of union elections – a win rate that has greatly increased over the past 20 years.
- The average union election only takes 38 days – well within NLRB's goal of 42 days.
- Ninety-five percent of all elections conclude within two months.
- Ambush elections will help bolster declining union membership and fill union coffers that ultimately benefit President Obama and congressional Democrats, not workers.
With unemployment above 8 percent for 38 straight months, Obama's ambush election rule will only create more uncertainty in the labor market.