NLRB’s ambush elections would hurt local businesses

One of these government agencies is the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which conducts labor elections and investigates unfair labor practices in the private sector. While the agency is technically “independent,” the Board’s recent actions suggest otherwise. Under President Obama’s NLRB appointees, the Board has become increasingly politicized, as demonstrated by its recent ruling unfairly tilting the scales in favor of unions in labor elections.
 

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The Board’s ruling, which was issued last year, is known as the “ambush” election rule because it allows union organizers to surprise employers with petitions and force an election before employers have even had the chance to provide information to their employees. On a decision as important as whether or not to form a union, workers should have the opportunity to hear from both sides free from any pressure one way or the other -- an opportunity the Board’s recent decision would take away. In fact, the only groups that appear to benefit from the NLRB’s ruling are unions seeking to increase their dues-paying membership.
 
I -- along with many of my colleagues -- have put forward legislation to reverse the NLRB’s decision. Joint Resolution 36 will be voted on in the Senate in the coming weeks and deserves the serious consideration and support of both Republican and Democrat senators.
 
The NLRB’s highly politicized ruling unfairly favors unions and limits the ability of small business owners like those in my home state of South Dakota, unfamiliar with complex and often obscure labor laws, to seek and find adequate representation. At a time when Washington should be trying to support and reassure employers worried about meeting payroll each week, the Board’s “ambush” election rule instead heightens uncertainty and concern that Washington is completely out of touch.
 
For these reasons and many others, I am supporting Senate Joint Resolution 36 and will strongly encourage my colleagues to stand with American employees and employers and vote to stop the National Labor Relations Board’s misguided and deeply flawed “ambush” election rule.

Sen. Thune (R-S.D.) serves on the Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee, the Budget Committee, the Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee and the Finance Committee.

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