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Statement on Rule to Improve Awareness of NLRA Workplace Rights

August 25, 2011

Zoe Bridges-Curry
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Washington, D.C. – Today, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a rule requiring employers to post notices informing employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Kimberly Freeman Brown, Executive Director of American Rights at Work, released the following statement in response:

“Given the extreme imbalance the middle class faces in today’s economy, with CEO pay and income inequality at all-time highs, workers’ ability to join together as a union and bargain for a better life is more important than ever. But working Americans can’t exercise these basic rights if they don’t know they have them.
“And studies show that many employees are unaware of their rights under the NLRA, which protects both union and non-union workers. Employers, even those who strive to act lawfully, are similarly uninformed. This modest rule simply helps ensure that everyone knows the rules of the road.

“Employers are already required to post notices in the workplace informing employees of the rights and protections provided to them by anti-discrimination, health and safety, and minimum wage laws. Requiring the display of one more poster—a fair and balanced description of workers’ rights under the NLRA—imposes a minimal burden on employers, while giving employees the information they need to choose to exercise their rights.”

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