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National Restaurant Association - Kudos to Congress on attempt to nix ambush-election rule

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Kudos to Congress on attempt to nix ambush-election rule

The National Restaurant Association has applauded Congress for introducing legislation that would halt the National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush-election” unionizing rule and maintain fairness of union elections.

Called the “Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act,” the proposed legislation would, if passed, put an end to the NLRB’s recently reintroduced rule to speed up union elections. A federal court invalidated a similar NLRB rule last year. The NLRB’s proposal would cause compliance issues for business owners, said Angelo Amador, the NRA’s vice president of labor and workforce policy.

“The rule would restrict an employer's ability to raise substantive issues and concerns prior to a union election,” he said. “In practice, the rule could deny employees full and proper access to information on unions, while restricting employers' rights to due process and proper time to address employee concerns."

Amador said the ambush-election rule would dramatically alter union elections by speeding up the timeline from when a union petition is filed to when employees vote to as short as 10 days. The current median timeline for union votes in the sector that includes restaurants is 41 days.

Ryan Kearney, the NRA’s labor and workforce policy manager, said the Association is working closely with Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, to determine whether there would be a hearing on the legislation or if it would be fast- tracked to a vote.

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