CDW Lauds Passage of CRA; House Rebukes Obama NLRB Overreach

Coalition Hopes President Will Heed Voice of Legislative Branch

WASHINGTON, D.C. // MARCH 19, 2015 // Today, the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) released the following statement from CDW chairman Geoffrey Burr following U.S. House of Representatives passage of a joint resolution to block the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ambush election rule. The House vote follows similar passage by the Senate earlier in March.

“The net effect of ambush elections would be to deprive employees of critical information about unionization generally or the union at issue prior to a representation election, while at the same time forcing he release of personal and private information about employees to paid union organizers. We are gratified that our elected leaders in the House are taking action in the face of ill-advised, one-sided regulation pushed by the NLRB.”

Burr continued, “While everything about the ambush elections bill has been driven by unilateral action from the administration, we are hopeful that a rare bicameral move will lead the President to side with legislators, employers, employees, and decades of precedent.”

CDW has previously filed a federal lawsuit to block the ambush-elections rule. The rule will shorten time frames for union representation elections from the median of 38 days to as few as 14 days, depriving employers of their free speech rights and employees of their opportunity to hear from both sides prior to voting and make a fully informed choice.