Manufacturers Are Ambushed Again

U.S. District Court Decision Upholds Controversial NLRB Rule

Senior Vice President and General Counsel Linda Kelly issued the following statement in response to a decision by the U.S. District Court of D.C. regarding the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “ambush elections” rule:

“In an attempt to implement an agenda-driven policy, this spring the NLRB issued its ‘ambush elections’ rule aimed at shortening the critical time needed before a vote to unionize. In a decision last night, the U.S. District Court of D.C. upheld this rule putting in jeopardy not only an employer’s time to prepare and an employee’s ability to make an informed decision, but also the protection of private, personal information and the ability of an employer to protect this information. To prepare and assist manufacturers for the great challenge of complying with this onerous regulation, we have developed specialized, unique and specific tools, but that is not enough. It is time for solutions from Washington, not roadblocks. We remain committed to fighting this battle on all fronts, equipping employers with the best instruments for compliance and advocating for manufacturers.”

To learn more about the “ambush elections” rule and tools the NAM is employing to stop this rule and support manufacturers, visit our website.



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 $2.09 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters 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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