Ambush Rule

AH&LA Says NLRB Ambush Rule Unfairly Tilts Playing Field for Unions

The rule significantly alters the timeframe for representation elections in the workplace, shortening it from the current median time of 38 days down to as few as 10 days.

AHLA The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released its final rule on governing representation-case procedures, also known as the “Ambush Rule.” 

The rule significantly alters the timeframe for representation elections in the workplace, shortening it from the current median time of 38 days down to as few as 10 days. The NLRB decision also tilts the scale in favor of unions by forcing employers to provide a list of prospective voters with their job classifications, shifts and work locations to the NLRB and the union, and restricting communication between employers and employees prior to a union election. 

American Hotel and Lodging Association President and CEO Katherine Lugar reacted to the ruling, saying:

“Even in its final form, the ambush rule continues to unfairly tilt the playing field in the favor of unions. It makes profound changes to how union elections will be run and will prevent employees from gathering the facts before they cast a ballot for or against union representation. We will continue to work with Congress and others to fight this overreaching decision.”            

Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee U.S. lodging industry, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides focused advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry generating $155.5 billion in annual sales from 4.9 million guestrooms.



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