NLRB Delays Rule Requiring Union Rights Posters at Work Sites

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is postponing the effective date of a new rule which requires that most businesses post placards which inform their workers about the right to form a collective bargaining unit.  The NLRB has moved the date from November 14, 2011 to January 31, 2012, citing confusion about which businesses are covered by their rule. Ostensibly, the NLRB wants to do more outreach, especially to smaller and medium sized businesses.  The rule requires that every private business post an 11×17 notice placard in a prominent location, which explains a worker’s right to bargain collectively, distribute literature, and engage in other union activities without reprisal.

            The rule is criticized by many sectors of the business community and is being challenged in at least three lawsuits.  Business groups seeking to block the rule are the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Federation of Independent Businesses; all who claim the posters are a government effort to encourage worker unionization. 

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