Federal court blocks labor board’s union posting rule

A federal court on Tuesday blocked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from issuing a rule that would require employers to post a notice in the workplace informing employees of their right to unionize. The rule was scheduled to be implemented on April 30, 2012.

According to news reports, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Coalition for a Demographic Workplace requested the injunction after a U.S. district judge dismissed their legal challenge last month.

The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) yesterday praised the decision. “ALFA has felt all along that the NLRB lacked sufficient authority to promulgate this requirement on employers, and the court has confirmed this through today’s decision,” Richard P. Grimes, president and CEO of ALFA, said in a statement. “The posting requirement rule is a one-sided initiative that would have prevented employees from making informed decisions about all of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act.”

The injunction will remain in effect until the court has an opportunity to hear arguments and issue a ruling. Arguments are scheduled over the next few months.

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