U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE sues NLRB over new union rule – The Daily Caller
U.S. Chamber of Commerce sues NLRB over new union rule
Published: 11:25 AM 09/20/2011 | Updated: 12:11 PM 09/20/2011
By C.J. Ciaramella – The Daily Caller
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is suing the National Labor Relations Board — an independent government agency tasked with conducting union elections and monitoring labor practices — to block a new rule requiring employers to post notices explaining employees’ rights to unionize.
In a complaint filed Monday in the U.S. District Court of South Carolina, the Chamber argued the NLRB does not have the authority under the National Labor Relations Act to force employers to post the notifications, nor impose penalties for a failure to do so.
It also says the notification rule violates employers’ First Amendment rights “by compelling employers to post the NLRB’s ideological views on unionizing.”
“The NLRB has no authority to impose any of these requirements,” said Robin Conrad, executive vice president of the Chamber’s public policy law firm. “This is nothing more than labor regulation run amok. Adding insult to injury, the Board’s new rule violates the First Amendment by forcing employers to use their own resources to post the NLRB’s pro-union message on the company’s own property.”