Kline bill passage a victory for IFA and franchise businesses

Yesterday, the House voted 235 to 188 in favor of H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act.   IFA will be working to ensure the bill receives some attention in the Senate, but is unlikely to come to a vote anytime soon.  

In addition, yesterday the NLRB held a hearing where they voted 2 to 1 in favor of a resolution offered by Chairman Mark Pearce to streamline the ambush election proposed rule.  Member Craig Becker and Chairman Pearce voted in favor of the proposal, while Member Brian Hayes dissented, criticizing the substance of the proposal as well as the Board’s failure to follow procedural rules. The Board will now move forward with drafting a final rule based on the Chairman’s resolution. 

Based on the resolution, we expect the final rule in the next few weeks.  The rule will not contain some of the more widely discussed aspects of the proposed rule, such as the 7 day period for a hearing and the requirement employers release employee phone numbers and email addresses.

The final rule, nonetheless, is still expected to significantly truncate the time period for elections and deprive employers of many due process rights.  In short, the streamlined rule would radically change election procedures in an effort to promote rapid, increased unionization at the expense of employees and employers.  

The Board’s information about the hearing, including a video archive that will be posted later today, is available here.

Posted by Jay Perron, IFA Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy