June 13, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Washington, DC – The Labor Department began taking public comments June 12 on its plans to get rid of the Obama administration’s “persuader rule,” which requires employers to reveal when they’ve contacted outside consultants on how to handle union organizing.
Under the rule, issued in March 2016, they must report any “actions, conduct or communications” intended to “affect an employee’s decisions regarding his or her representation or collective bargaining rights.” That meant employers had to report it when they carried out a campaign developed by an outside entity—such as crafting a message or planning “captive audience” meetings—not just when that entity directly contacted workers. The rule was blocked from going into effect last November by a federal court in Texas. The department said June 8 that the rule put too much of a burden on employers, and it needed to review the legal definition of “advice.” “Corporate CEOs may not like people knowing who they’re paying to script their union-busting, but working people do,” AFL-CIO spokesperson Josh Goldstein responded. Read more