When I write my annual “what will happen this year” blog in January, I always hope that a few of my predictions will actually come true. What I didn’t expect was to be able to take credit for being accurate this early in the year. I also didn’t expect that I would be saying that the NLRB did something good.
Here’s the story: Back in 2011, the NLRB came out with a requirement that employers needed to post information on employees’ right to unionize. While that raised some eyebrows, the real issue was that the posting was blatantly pro-union. After a number of false starts, protests, legal challenges, and a congress that threatened to defund the NLRB, (and a record setting 5 blog posts by yours truly), I’m pleased to say that we can finally put this issue to rest.
Based on the appeals court ruling, the NLRB had until January 2nd to appeal their case. Since they did not, the posting is now done and likely won’t be revived.
What does that mean for us? You should probably check your bulletin board. If you have this posting up, pitch it. If you were patient enough to wait this one out, you’re ahead of the game.
I do expect to see more activity from the NLRB this year. It will definitely be interesting to see what comes next…I’m hoping for warmer weather.