Thursday, August 4, 2011

National Labor Relations Board - #3135 - U.S. Chamber of Commerce May Sue Over Union Rules - The Hill

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is likely to sue the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) if it finalizes a set of proposed rule changes that would hasten union elections. A senior official with the business group told reporters at the National Press Club on Wednesday that the Chamber has serious problems with the proposed rules and will seek a court injunction if they are not changed. That could stall the implementation of the new rules, if not overturn them in court. “I think it’s a given that we would go to court and challenge the regulation, depending on how it comes out, of course. Maybe it will come out differently than we suspect,” said Randy Johnson, the Chamber’s senior vice president of labor, immigration and employee benefits. “Whether or not we seek an injunction against the reg, we probably would.”........At stake are changes to the rules that govern union elections. If the changes were issued as proposed, they would likely speed union elections by allowing parties to electronically file petitions; cutting down on requests to review board rulings before an election; and setting pre-election hearings seven days after petitions are filed.  Read more.......

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