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New National Labor Relations Board Rule Change

New Rule Cuts Response Time to Respond to Unionization Campaigns by Nearly One-half

Hoteliers could expect more union elections as a result of a recently approved rule by the National Labor Relations Board on December 22, 2011 according to officials at Anchor Planning Group, a human resources consultancy and retained executive search firm. The new ruling, which takes effect on or around April 30, 2012, will reduce the time that hotels have to respond to union organization petitions by nearly half from the current 42 days to 24 days or less. 
“The new rules contain a number of changes which are highly favorable to unions and gives them a significant advantage in organizing efforts,” said Jeffrey A. Wade, Anchor’s president and chief executive officer.  “It puts hotel management at a great disadvantage by dramatically reducing the time they have to prepare a response to organizing efforts and engage associates in open, two-way dialogue about the impact of a unionization vote.”
“Responding to a union organization effort, especially one that has been working behind the scenes for some time, requires planning and resources.  Like in sports, the best offense is a good defense,” he noted.  “If you prepare now, your hotel will be less susceptible to unionization efforts and you will be on a much stronger footing should unions mount an attack.” 
“Our senior consultants and strategic partners have conducted thousands of pro-management campaigns over the past 20 years. The key is taking proactive steps before you become a target. Waiting could cost thousands of more dollars and limited your ability to remain union-free” said Wade.
Wade recommended seven steps to create a more favorable work environment now to limit the likelihood of a unionization effort. 

Posted by on January 5, 2012.

Categories: Labor Relations

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