On March 18, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced it would suspend union elections until April 1, and allow balloting by mail. They later rescinded that offer pushing elections back until April 3, and removing the mail balloting option. Montana AFL-CIO Executive Secretary Al Ekblad and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued statements in response to this decision that hurts organizing efforts and makes it more difficult for employers to voluntarily recognize unions.
“A pandemic is not an opportunity to covertly enact anti-worker policies. Systems, like mail in ballots and video conferencing, will allow representation elections to occur without hindrance. By not allowing these elections to take place the NLRB is telling the workers keeping this country running during an unprecedented crisis they don’t matter.” Montana AFL-CIO Executive Secretary Al Ekblad
“In two weeks time, in the middle of a pandemic, President Trump’s NLRB suspended representation elections and then made it harder for employers to voluntarily recognize unions. In other words, the board is effectively sealing off any viable path to unionization at a time when workers need a voice on the job more than ever. Donald Trump’s caustic hostility to collective bargaining has manifested itself in the most anti-worker NLRB in America’s history. The labor movement will fight these actions with everything we have.” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka