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NRF Urges Senate to Halt NLRB “Ambush Election” Rule

For Immediate Release
Stephen E. Schatz (202) 626-8119

NRF Urges Senate to Halt NLRB “Ambush Election” Rule

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2012 – The National Retail Federation urged senators to support greater economic certainty by approving a joint resolution set for a vote today that would overturn National Labor Relations Board “ambush election” regulations scheduled to take effect at the end of this month.

“We urge you to strongly reject this backdoor card check agenda by a board of unelected bureaucrats and restore balance to the organizing process so that we can start removing the economic uncertainty facing both employers and employees,” NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said in a letter.

The Senate is scheduled to vote today on S.J. Res. 36, a “resolution of disapproval” sponsored by Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. The joint resolution, if approved by the Senate and House and signed by President Obama, would block implementation of the NLRB “ambush election” regulations currently scheduled to take effect on April 30. Under the regulations, the timeframe for union organizing elections would be reduced from the current median of 37 days to as little as 14 days.

French said Enzi’s resolution “will relieve the serious threat to both employees and employers posed by” the regulations. He said ambush elections “would drastically change the process for union representation elections and would severely limit worker access to information needed to make an informed decision about whether or not to vote in favor of a union.”

The retail industry, which historically has low levels of unionized employees, is especially concerned that ambush elections – combined with other pro-labor initiatives approved recently by the NLRB – would unfairly restrict retailers’ ability to communicate with employees prior to an election and burden the retail industry with economic and regulatory uncertainty.

As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, NRF represents retailers of all types and sizes, including chain restaurants and industry partners, from the United States and more than 45 countries abroad. Retailers operate more than 3.6 million U.S. establishments that support one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s Retail Means Jobs campaign emphasizes the economic importance of retail and encourages policymakers to support a Jobs, Innovation and Consumer Value Agenda aimed at boosting economic growth and job creation. www.nrf.com