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AMI Joins More than 225 Groups in Filing Brief in Card Check Case

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

AMI joined more than 225 business groups in filing a brief urging the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to protect an employee’s rights to a secret ballot election in union organizing campaigns.

The case before the NLRB, Lamons Gasket Company, 355 NLRB 157 (2010), centers around “card check,” which is an essential component of the misnamed Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).

In an the amicus brief filed this week,  the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) and signatories asked the NLRB not to abandon important protections against card check that were established in the 2007 Board decision Dana Corp, 351 NLRB 434. Specifically, the brief urges the Board to preserve an employee’s right to petition the NLRB for a secret ballot election within 45 days of unionization through card check.

According to the amicus brief, “Dana's 45 day notice period provides a narrow but necessary window for employees to test the majority status of a union recognized through card check.”

Without this protection, employees could be denied access to a secret ballot election for up to a year, or possibly more.

To view the brief, click here: http://www.myprivateballot.com/docs/101030-amicus_brief_cdw_with_signatories.pdf

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