Employer Coalition Urges NLRB To Tear Down Poster Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. // FEBRUARY 22, 2011 // On behalf of millions of employers, the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) today filed comments opposing an effort by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to force firms to post pro-organizing notices in an estimated 6 million workplaces, the vast majority of which are non-union. The rule would require all employers covered by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to post a notice setting forth some—but not all—rights under the Act.

CDW chair Geoffrey Burr stated, “This notice is nothing more than an advertisement for union organizing. The NLRB claims it wants to inform employees of their rights but conveniently omitted any information about employees’ right to vote out a union they don’t like, withhold payment of any union dues spent on politics, and the right to refuse to pay for the union’s unwanted services in the 22 states with Right to Work laws.”

CDW’s comments, signed by 180 employer groups, highlight that the “Board simply does not have authority to impose these obligations and penalties against an employer when there has been no finding (or even an allegation) of an unfair labor practice.”

Burr added, “The notice is yet another sign that this Board has become an instrument of unions bosses and is abandoning its proper role as a neutral enforcer of our nation’s labor laws. This is the poster child of bad ideas; the Board needs to withdraw this rule immediately.“

Download a PDF of the CDW’s submitted comments here.

About the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace,
The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace is a coalition of workers, employers, associations and organizations who are fighting to protect the right to a federally supervised private ballot when workers are deciding whether or not to join a union.