The NLRB “Poster” Rule Is Simply Retaliation For The Google Fiasco.

A controversial National Labor Relations Board regulation, which requires employers to display a poster informing workers of their rights regarding unions, has raised the question of whether the agency has overstepped its authoritative power.

Many lawsuits have been filed as a result. In fact, The Hill reports that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Federation of Independent Business have filed suits against the NLRB.

Questions of employers’ free speech rights also are being called into question.  However, the NLRB counters that Section 6 of the NLRB Act delegates this authority. According to the regulation, which is listed on the Federal Register’s website, the board states that if Congress had intended to curtail its authority as listed in section 6, then Congress would have listed exceptions to the rule.

The reason the board says this poster is needed is because many people may not know their rights. So why does the board think employees do not know their union rights?

According to the regulation, the board cites reasons as a dwindling number of union employees, and an increasing amount of immigrants and high schoolers in the workforce who may not know their union rights.

Remember this?

This is the advertisement that the NLRB ran on Google back in March of this year, then came under fire for not paying for the ad, and then abruptly pulled the advertisement.  This latest issue with the posters is just the NLRB’s retaliatory action.




Posted on September 29, 2011, in Labor Relations and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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