Employers’ summer of discontent: Obama labor board pushes anti-employer agenda

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While employers have been increasingly worried about a double dip recession, the National Labor Relations Board has had a busy summer proposing and implementing rules and issuing decisions designed to promote the unionization of America’s workforce. The Obama Labor Board has taken over where the President has failed, delivering victories to organized labor at a time when the public sentiment towards unions has become, at best, distrustful, and at the worst, disdainful.

Applicable to all employers falling under the Board’s jurisdiction, the Board has issued a final regulatory rule requiring employers to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. The Notice informs employees that they have a right to act together to improve wages and working conditions, to form, join, and assist a union, to bargain collectively with their employer, and to refrain from these activities. Employers will be required to post the notice where other workplace notices are typically posted, by November 11, 2011. The rule also specifies when the notice must be posted in a foreign language. The notice, on an 11 by 17 inch poster, is now available from the Board’s website at www.nlrb.gov, and in the future from the Board’s regional offices. A failure to post the notice is an unfair labor practice.

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