Statement on NLRB Decision to Restore Fair Voluntary Recognition Process

Ethical Markets SRI/ESG News

Washington, DC — Today, American Rights at Work Executive Director Kimberly Freeman Brown issued the following statement in response to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision in Lamons Gasket Co, which overturns the rules for voluntary recognition established in Dana Corp. (2007). By doing away with a ban on decertification or election petitions for a “reasonable period” following voluntary recognition, the Board’s decision in Dana made voluntary recognition needlessly unpredictable and disruptive for workers and businesses alike.

Said Freeman Brown:

“There’s no doubt that the politicians and pundits hell bent on tearing down the NLRB—and any protections for workers—will attack this decision as radical.

“But the reality is that this decision restores forty years of precedent only recently struck down by the notoriously anti-worker Bush board. Today’s ruling is nothing more than a return to a process for voluntary recognition that for years worked just fine for employers and employees alike.

“The NLRB election process has proven to be time-consuming and conflict-ridden. By agreeing on a voluntary recognition process, employers and employees can save time, expense, and distraction from the business at hand. We applaud the NLRB for restoring a fair, predictable process for employers and employees to reach these commonsense solutions so that everyone can get back to work.”


Lamons Gasket Co. Decision