Published on January 15, 2014

Trade groups declare victory in legal dispute with NLRB

WASHINGTON (Jan. 15, 2014) — The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) are among the groups declaring victory in a legal dispute with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

SEMA was one of a number of industry associations that supported the NAM’s 2011 lawsuit against the NLRB. The agency had promulgated a rule requiring all employers to post an 11x17-inch poster informing workers of their right to organize.

The NAM, SEMA and other groups argued the rule unfairly promoted unionization. The groups filed their complaint originally in May 2012. The D.C. Circuit Court overturned the NLRB regulation in May 2013, and in September declined to rehear the case. That decision gave the NRLB 90 days to appeal to the Supreme Court, which it then failed to do by the deadline, the NAM said.

“The victory was hard fought,” said Jay Timmons, NAM president and CEO, in a press release.

“Thanks to the efforts of NAM staff and our legal team and the financial support of our members, we prevailed, pushing back on the NLRB’s overreach.”

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