NLRB fair elections rule will help protect workers’ right to vote

Published 4:28 PM Eastern – Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tyler Prell, 202-730-7278 |

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a final rule governing union elections:

“The modest rule change issued today by the NLRB, that will enable workers to vote in union elections with fewer unnecessary delays, is a positive step forward. Due to frivolous litigation and delaying tactics, too many workers have had to wait months, or even years, to vote on whether to form a union. We hope that the Board issues the other components of the proposed rule early next year.

“The new NLRB election procedures will help ensure that workers are able to exercise a fundamental right we hold dear in our country – the right to vote.”

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With 2.1 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers–not just corporations and CEOs–benefit from today’s global economy.

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