National Labor Relations Board to require workplaces to notify workers of their right to unionize 

The pro-union regulatory assault continues. The National Labor Relations Board is now proposing new regulations requiring workers to be notified of their right to unionize (PDF link):

The National Labor Relations Board has submitted to the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which provides for a 60-day comment period. The rule would require employers to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act.


As the Notice states, the Board “believes that many employees protected by the NLRA are unaware of their rights under the statute. The intended effects of this action are to increase knowledge of the NLRA among employees, to better enable the exercise of rights under the statute, and to promote statutory compliance by employers and unions.”


Private-sector employers (including labor organizations) whose workplaces fall under the NLRA would be required to post the employee rights notice where other workplace notices are typically posted. If an employer communicates with employees primarily by email or other electronic means, the notice would be posted electronically as well. The notice would be available from the agency’s regional offices and could also be downloaded from the NLRB website.

I don't think that unionism has dwindled precipitously in this country because workers are unaware of their rights. However, this gives the Obama administration another chance to point out to their friends in labor that they're doing something to help unions even if it's not the pension plan bailout or unconditional legalization of Card Check that they really want.

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