President Obama put forth an executive order, 13563, that said ““before issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking, each agency, where feasible and appropriate, shall seek the views of those likely to be affected.” Evidently there was a secret clause that said: “But only if the agency feels like it.” Former NLRB member Peter Kirsanow weighs in on the NLRB’s move in favor of “snap elections”:
The “quickie election” rules apply to all covered industries, not just health care. The rules promise to radically change the union election process and, in the words of dissenting NLRB member Brian Hayes, “effectively eviscerate an employer’s legitimate opportunity to express its views about collective bargaining.” Yet the NLRB will have only one hearing (lasting, at most, two days) and the entire public-comment process is scheduled to close by the end of summer.
Obviously, the NLRB didn’t feel like giving industry any reasonable period to comment on the rule that impacts them, a rule which will make it harder for industries to comment to their employees who might be considering unionizing. I’ll say this for Team Obama, they’re consistent. They’re also relentless.