SHRM Statement on the NLRB Rule on Union Elections

Dec 12, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has released this statement on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule on union elections:

The election rule is of great concern to SHRM members and the HR profession. SHRM believes in the fundamental right — guaranteed by the National Labor Relations Act — of every employee to make an informed, private choice about whether or not to join a union. It is employees’ right to have adequate time and information to make a decision.

SHRM believes that the NLRB’s rule fundamentally and improperly alters the existing election process. It disrupts the balanced approach that has protected the interests of both unions and employers.

“The rules should provide an employee with the opportunity to make an educated and informed decision to form, join or refrain from joining a labor organization. An employee should be able to hear from both the union and the employer,” said Mike Aitken, vice president of government affairs at SHRM.

In addition, SHRM believes that the NLRB has not made the case that this rule is necessary.

“The NLRB’s own data show that elections have been held within the timeframe set as a goal by the board itself,” Aitken said. “As SHRM looks further into the rule’s impact on the workplace, it is considering all options to prevent these unnecessary and harmful changes from going forward.”

SHRM comments when the rule was proposed:

SHRM testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce:

: For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Kate Kennedy of SHRM Media Relations at 703-535-6260.

About the Society for Human Resource Management
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