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AMI Urges NLRB to Withdraw Proposed 'Ambush Elections' Rule

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

(American Meat Institute)

AMI, along with more than 275 members of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) filed official comments to urge the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to withdraw a proposed rule that is contrary to many provisions, policies and purposes of the National Labor Act and inconsistent with free speech protection afforded by the United States Constitution.

The proposed rule, which would dramatically shorten the timetable for union elections, was published in the Federal Register on June 22, 2011 (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-22/pdf/2011-15307.pdf).

“The Board’s proposed rule, if adopted, would do violence to many of the Board’s statutory mandates under the Act, and it would impose unrealistic and inflexible requirements on employers and employees. The proposed rule, if adopted, would also lay the foundation for dysfunctional bargaining relationships, and equally dysfunctional union membership arrangements in which much larger numbers of employees -- uninformed during the election campaign -- become disillusioned with their unions, their employers and the NLRB-mandated process that thrust union membership upon them,” stated the official comments submitted by CDW to NLRB.

“CDW urges the Board to hold the present proposed rule in abeyance, and to revisit a broader reassessment of these issues as part of a process that involves a more thoughtful and constructive interchange with employers, unions, community and government leaders, and nonunion employee advocates throughout the country,” the comments conclude.

To view the comments, which outline a number of specific concerns regarding the rule, go to http://bit.ly/nmz6tY.

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