TCU Supports the NMB Voting Rule Change

On December 7, 2009 TCU International Vice-President Joel Parker testified at the public hearing held by the NMB on the proposed rule change in voting procedures.

Speaking for TCU and also on the behalf of the UTU, TWU, IBEW, the American Train Dispatchers Association and the National Firemen and Oilers, Parker stated, “I come before you today to testify in favor of the board’s proposal to certify representation elections based on the majority of valid ballots cast.

The current NMB rule is contrary to the election procedures of the National Labor Relations Board, the Federal Relations Authority, and various state labor relations boards and commissions. All certify representatives based on a majority of those voting.

It seems perverse that the board would continue to interpret a statute, whose purpose is to protect employees’ rights to engage in collective bargaining, in such a way as to make it more difficult for employees to even achieve bargaining rights in the first place.”

Comments are being accepted by the NMB until January 4, 2010. Individual comments can be made through this website by clicking here.

Click here to read the entire comments of TCU International Vice-President Joel Parker.

Click here to read the comments of IAM Vice-President Robert Roach.

Click here to read the comments of TTD President Ed Wytkind.