NLRB: If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try Again

Administration Unveils Latest Attack on Manufacturers and Their Employees

Washington, D.C., December 12, 2014 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement in response to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) final rule on “ambush elections”:

“It’s clear the Administration has an aggressive agenda to uproot longstanding and effective labor policy. Today’s rehash of a regulation that will shortchange employees of critical time before a vote to unionize shows that the NLRB is intent on this policy even though its own data show little justification for it and a federal court ruled the initial attempt two years ago unlawful. This damaging rule raises serious questions about whether the NLRB is advocating an outcome rather than acting as an impartial adjudicator.

Shortening the time frame before an election robs employees of the ability to gather the facts they need to make an important and informed decision like whether or not to join a union and denies employers adequate time to prepare. It is critical that this rule be eliminated before it does serious and lasting harm in the workplace. The NLRB knows the facts, and the data fail to support the adoption of this rule. Its only purpose is to serve as a cudgel to bully employers into submission.

Manufacturers are tired of being the target of misinformed federal policy and unnecessarily restrictive regulations. The NAM will consider all options, including litigation, to prevent this rule from taking effect and protect manufacturers from the NLRB’s extreme agenda.”


  The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.08 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for two-thirds of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit

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