Board Declines GOP Request To Extend Election Comment Period: Ben James of Law360 ($$) writes that the National Labor Relations Board has declined a request from John Kline (R-MN), the chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, to extend the open comment period for the Board’s "quickie election" rule. Board Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce, in a short letter, provided that the current sixty-day window allows for more than enough time for comments.
“A majority of the board believes that all persons interested in the proposed amendments, including those in the best position to provide informed comment on the details of the board’s representation case procedures — the attorneys and other practitioners who regularly participate in representation proceedings — will have ample time and opportunities to do so within the 60-day comment period,” the letter said.
A public hearing on the rule is set to take place at the end of this week in Washington, D.C. We will keep you posted on the content of the hearing.
Board Conducting Mercedes-Benz ULP Hearing: Pat Duggins of Alabama Public Radio reports that the National Labor Relations Board has begun a hearing into Mercedes-Benz after allegations surfaced that the car maker had committed certain unfair labor practices. In pertinent part, Mercedes has been accused of unlawfully intimidating and surveilling pro-union employees who attempt to handbill on the plant’s campus in Birmingham, AL. The hearing is expected to continue for most of this week.
VW Considering UAW Recognition: Mike Pare of the Times Free Press writes that Volkswagen may be considering recognizing the United Auto Workers union at its Chattanooga, TN plant. Yesterday, the Center for Worker Freedom alleged that VW was considering doing an end-around February’s union election, which the UAW lost, and granting the union a seat at the table. All of this comes in the midst of the UAW appealing its election loss to the National Labor Relations Board. We have been watching this saga very closely and will make sure to keep you posted.