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on February 17, 2011

Poultry industry responds to National Labor Relations Board proposed employee notice

Three areas of concern focus on inconsistencies, balance, full disclosure

The U. S. Poultry & Egg Association, the National Chicken Council and the National Turkey Federation submitted comments to the National Labor Relations Board concerning proposed rule, RIN 3142—AA07, which would require employers to post a notice of certain employee’s rights under the National Labor Relations Act.

The industry’s opposition to the proposed rule stems from three areas of concern. First, according to the industry, the proposed regulation exceeds statutory authority. Second, the proposed regulation is inconsistent with the NLRA. Third, the proposed notice does not present a balanced explanation of the rights and obligations set forth in the NLRA, and fails to inform employees that union representation is exclusive and that once a union is recognized, it will remain the exclusive bargaining agent for the employees unless the employees vote to decertify the union. 

The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on Dec. 22, 2010.

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