The American Hospital Association, as a member of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, is party to a federal lawsuit filed against the National Labor Relations Board protesting a final rule (PDF) that it claims allows employees to unionize quickly without allowing employers to respond to accusations of unfair labor practices.
Coalition lawsuit targets unionization rule
The coalition called the NLRB's policy the “ambush election rule,” published in Thursday's Federal Register, and would take hold on April 30. The NLRB reasoned that the rule reduces litigation and makes the process more efficient, saving time and money when determining which union members should represent the group during collective bargaining.
The AHA said they will release more information about their opinions on the rule to members in January. The coalition, consisting of various hospital, restaurant and manufacturing trade groups, filed the 15-page complaint on Tuesday (PDF). The U.S. Chamber of Commence is also listed as a plaintiff with the coalition.
The lawsuit alleges the rule curtails free speech by allowing union officials to restrict discussion topics, thus speeding up the process so a rushed union election could take place. The coalition's members said they feel the rule doesn't afford them the chance to discuss if unionizing would be in their employees' best interests.
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