SHRM A-Team Member Testifies on NLRA Legislative Reforms

By Patrick Brady Jun 16, 2017
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SHRM A-Team member and long-time Michigan volunteer leader, Nancy McKeague (pictured here), testified on June 14 before the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions seeking input on proposed legislative reforms to the National Labor Relations Act. 

McKeague, Senior Vice President & Chief of Staff at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, is also a member of the SHRM Labor Relations Special Expertise Panel.  Her participation marks the seventh time a SHRM member has testified before Congress in 2017. To access a archived video of the hearing, click HERE.

One purpose of the hearing was to examine the impact of the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB's) 'ambush election' rule. SHRM has been a constant advocate in opposition to the regulation dating back to 2014. During the rulemaking procedure, SHRM filed comments with the Board and in March of 2014, SHRM Board Member Steve Browne testified before Congress highlighting concerns about the impact the rule would have on fair representation elections.

In her prepared remarks, McKeague outlined SHRM's support for balanced labor-management relations and recognized the inherent rights of employees to form, join, assist or refrain from joining a labor organization. She also noted that SHRM believes the ambush election rule has created an imbalance that severely impacts employer's First Amendment rights during the pre-election period after a union petition has been signed while simultaneously threatening employees' privacy rights.

McKeague noted SHRM's support for H.R. 2776 and H.R. 2775; two bills pending before the U.S. House of Representatives that would modernize the election process, provide employees the privacy they desire in rendering an informed decision of whether to support unionization while restoring the delicate balance between the rights of employees, employers and labor-organizations.

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