In this new environment, companies that wish to remain union free need to be proactive. No longer can employers wait for a petition to be filed to start communicating with employees.
Norcross, GA (PRWEB) June 22, 2011
Today, the National Labor Relations Board published an official Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which will drastically shorten the timeframe from when a union files a petition for election and the actual date of election. Under current rules, elections are traditionally held within 45-60 days of filing.
The board now has 75 days to review comments and replies to the proposed rule before making a final decision. The current makeup of the board is three Democrats and one Republican.
In a front page article in today’s Wall Street Journal, the new rules were described as, “The focus of a power struggle between unions and employers after decades of declining union membership. Only 6.9 percent of private sector workers belonged to unions in 2010, and just 11.9 percent of all U.S. workers according to the Labor Department. In 1983, unions represented 20.1 percent of all workers.”
“With less than 7 percent of private sector employees belonging to a union, this move is intended to help labor boost their numbers,” said Walter Orechwa, CEO of employee communications firm, Projections. Orechwa’s company provides communication resources to companies seeking to maintain their direct, positive relationship with employees. “A final rule is still more than two months away, but employers need to be preparing now for life with shortened election timeframes. What that means is that employers must take a proactive approach now.”
In addition to the shortened election timeframe, the proposed rule would also reduce the time that an employer has to provide a list of eligible voters from 7 to 2 days. It further would set pre-election hearings to begin 7 days after a petition is filed, defer bargaining litigation until after the election, and eliminate pre-election appeals of rulings by an NLRB regional director.
To help employers handle the shortened election timeframe and remain union free, Projections has developed a multi-DVD kit that will have companies prepared in advance and ready for an election.
“The Ultimate Defense Kit” includes DVDs on the essentials of union organizing tactics, the realities of union bargaining, and the impact of strikes, as well as a hard-hitting look at what it takes to survive in business today. As a bonus, the set also includes Projections number one selling DVD, “Little Card, Big Trouble,” at no additional cost.
In the face of these pending NLRB rule changes, employers may also want to take advantage of instant availability of these resources. Projections offers the Kit for online viewing, where it can be accessed 24 hours a day, with Projections’ “All Digital Access.”
“In this new environment, companies that wish to remain union free need to be proactive,” advises Orechwa. “No longer can employers wait for a petition to be filed to start communicating with employees; the time to start is now and the Ultimate Defense Kit is the most effective tool available.”
Previews of the Ultimate Defense Kit DVDs, along with pricing and additional information, can be found on the Projections website.