The Issues

During the Obama Administration, appointees to the Board aggressively pursued extreme changes to well-established labor law. The Board issued countless rules and decisions that overturned decades of precedent and upended labor relations. These efforts by the Board represent an all-out effort to increase the number of dues-paying union members without regard to the negative impact the Board’s actions would have on employees, employers, and the economy.

Four actions were particularly destructive for employees, employers, and the economy:

  • limiting employees’ access to information on the consequences of unionization;
  • allowing unions to access workers’ personal information and violate businesses’ property rights;
  • disenfranchising employees who oppose unionization by allowing union organizers to gerrymander bargaining units into “micro-unions;” and
  • attacking small business franchisees, vendors, and subcontractors, because these businesses do not provide the same economies of scale for union organizing as larger businesses.

Throughout the Obama presidency, CDW fought against these attacks on workers and businesses through litigation, legislation, and the regulatory process. With the new administration underway, CDW is looking forward to working with a new Board to advance policies that protect the rights of employees, foster the American Dream, and strengthen the economy.

  • Ambush Election Rule

    In February of 2014, the NLRB issued a proposed rulemaking imposing “ambush” elections on employers and employees. The rule drastically changes the process for union representation elections in which employees vote whether or not they want to be represented by a union.

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  • Joint Employer

    The NLRB has expanded the definition of a “joint employer,” used to determine when a business should be considered responsible for the labor practices of another.

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  • Micro-Unions

    Organized labor is pushing the NLRB to make sweeping policy changes aimed at increasing union membership rolls.

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  • Private Ballots

    In 2005, the so-called “Employee Free Choice Act, or EFCA, was introduced, which would have replaced secret ballot elections as the method for determining whether or not employees want union representation with “card check.”

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