July 2012

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A favorable outcome

Federal courts block two NLRB regulations opposed by NRCA

by Duane L. Musser
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One of NRCA's top priorities during the past year has been to defend the roofing industry against the avalanche of new regulations being issued by the federal government. This past spring, NRCA achieved a pair of significant victories in this effort by pursuing legal challenges to burdensome regulations issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Opposing regulations

After losing a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives during the 2010 elections, the Obama administration turned to the regulatory arena to pursue one of its key priorities—make it easier for workers to join unions. In 2011, NLRB issued two regulations designed to help achieve this objective.

The first regulation would require all employers subject to the National Labor Relations Act to post a notice in the workplace informing employees of their rights under federal labor laws. The second regulation would make technical changes in union representation procedures that would greatly reduce the time frame...

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