A federal court blocked the NLRB from issuing a rule requiring employers to display posters explaining workers’ collective bargaining rights. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered an emergency injunction on the rule, pending appeal. The poster rule, set to go into effect on April 30, will now be delayed until the appeal is decided.
“The facts in this case and the law have always been on the side of manufacturers, and we believe that granting an injunction is the appropriate course of action for the court. The ‘posting requirement’ is an unprecedented attempt by the board to assert power and authority it does not possess,” said Jay Timmons, National Association of Manufacturers president. (The Hill, 4/17/12)
On Friday, a federal judge for the U.S. district court in Charleston, S.C. struck down the NLRB poster rule. The ruling is a victory for business groups.
“We would hope they would suspend the regulation until all these legal uncertainties can be sorted out,” said Randel Johnson, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s senior vice president for labor issues. (Wall Street Journal, 4/16/12)
The poster created by the NLRB informs workers of their right to join a union or not join, but has no information on the decertification process–leading business groups to claim that the posters are one sided in favor of unions.