The National Labor Relations Board has proposed to require that employers post a notice that gives their employers some information about their rights to act collectively. The Board notes that many other laws require posting, such as laws on minimum and overtime wages, and anti-discrimination laws. This rule would just add one more poster. Most non-government employers are covered by the National Labor Relations Act.
That’s not to say that the rule is met with delight. One of the reasons cited by the Board for proposing the rule is the perception that many people are unaware of their rights to organize and otherwise to work together. With fewer unions, there is less awareness of the right to create one, and to engage in pre-union activities. Of course, these activities are unpopular with most employers. The Board also hopes that the rule will educate employers who might otherwise violate the National Labor Relations Act, or dissuade them from union-busting activities, knowing that the poster gives employees the phone number and website of the NLRB.
Because the requirement would make posters available from the web, and simply add one more poster to a number of others already required to be posted, it may be difficult for opponents of the rule to find reasonable grounds for objection. The rule is open for comments until February 18, 2011.