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White House Task Force Issues Recommendations to Promote Unionization

The White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment recently released a report to the President listing policy recommendations intended to promote unionization in both public and private sectors.

The report, available here

lists several policy proposals.  Many of the proposals are directed at federal contractors, including potential requirements that federal contractors allow union organizers access to employees, and expanding reporting and disclosure requirements for employee relations campaigns in the context of a union organizing campaign.

The report comes on the heels of a joint initiative between the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and Department of Labor (DOL) to raise awareness about retaliation issues when workers exercise protected labor rights.  The joint initiative is intended to strengthen interagency relationships and enhance the capacity for the three agencies to collaborate on investigating claims and sharing information for enforcement purposes.

Employers with both unionized and non-unionized workforces are encouraged to be mindful of the evolving policy goals of the federal government and take proactive action to ensure policies and practices comply with all legal requirements. 

Employers should consult with experienced labor counsel whenever they receives a demand for recognition from a labor organization or is served with an organizing petition.  Employers subject to strict rules concerning appropriate conduct during a union organizing campaign, and there are tight deadlines in responding to organizing petitions.

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