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On March 5, SHRM’s North Central Membership Advisory Council (MAC) representative Steve Browne, SPHR, testified on behalf of the Society before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce on SHRM’s concerns with the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) February 5 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking governing representation elections. In addition to serving on the MAC and as a member of the SHRM Advocacy Team (A-Team), Browne is executive director of HR at LaRosa’s Inc., a family-owned regional pizzeria restaurant chain headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.

At this oversight hearing titled “Culture of Union Favoritism: The Return of the NLRB’s Ambush Election Rule,” Browne [pictured at right with committee chairman John Kline R-MN)] testified that the proposed rule will fundamentally and needlessly alter the delicate balance under current law that provides employees an opportunity to make an educated and informed decision to form, join or refrain from joining a labor organization. As currently drafted, the proposed regulation would also severely hamper an employer’s right to exercise free speech during union-organizing campaigns and would cripple the ability of employees to learn the employer’s perspective on the impact of collective bargaining on the workplace.

Browne also testified that because the proposed regulation would undermine the delicate balance between labor-management relations under current law, SHRM believes the proposed rule should be abandoned. To review the complete text of his statement, click HERE. An archived recording of the full committee hearing is available HERE.

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