The Countdown #20

Suspended Union Elections


The intended purpose of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is to protect ‘employees, employers, and unions from unfair labor practices' and protect 'the right of private sector employees to join together.’


In March, the NLRB suspended all Union elections, even denying members the ability to vote by mail. This pandemic has made it clearer than ever that workers need to band together and insist on the protections and fair pay to do their jobs to the best of their ability. The Trump administration NLRB used this crisis to make another play at denying us the ability to organize.


The Trump administration did eventually amend this policy to add that mail in ballots would be acceptable, but only if the employer agreed. That does not sound like the policy of someone looking out for workers. One legal publication even applauded this ‘union avoidance standpoint’ citing that this would make the ability to ‘run an effective campaign difficult’ as the regulation prevented unions from holding any kind of large group meetings to plan and organize.


Solidarity is the only way to protect our Democracy. All of us united as sisters and brothers must work relentlessly until we get Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, two of the most Pro-Labor candidates in modern history, elected as President and Vice President of the United States on November 3.


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