Mar 19, 2012 - 12:12pm

Chamber’s New “Do Not Disturb” Campaign Aims to Protect Workers’ E-mail Addresses, Phone Numbers

Senior Vice President, Employment Policy Division


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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Freedom Initiative (WFI) has just launched an online “Do Not Disturb” campaign to stop the federal government from forcing employers to supply union organizers with workers’ personal e-mail addresses and home phone numbers.

The campaign will mobilize e-activists via a significant online ad buy both inside and outside the Beltway, engage with Facebook activists, and include an e-mail outreach campaign.  Each recruitment method will enable individuals to use an online form to send letters to their members of Congress urging them support a Congressional Review Act resolution overturning the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “ambush election” rule.  In addition, activists can send the government a “Do Not Disturb” sign asking that their personal contact information be protected. 

In January, The Associated Press reported on the NLRB’s interest in compelling employers to surrender workers’ home phone numbers and personal e-mail addresses to union organizers:

     “One change [NLRB Chairman Mark] Pearce wants is to require businesses to hand over lists of employee  phone numbers and emails to union leaders before an election.”

This idea had, in fact, been part of the NLRB’s original ambush election rule, which cut down dramatically the time workers have to get complete information about unions before having to make a decision about joining.  While the NLRB temporarily left the phone and e-mail provisions out of the final rule, they are clearly intent on making such an infringement of privacy the law of the land soon.

Congress is expected to vote on a Congressional Review Act Resolution (H.J. Res. 103, and S.J. Res. 36) this Spring that would overturn the ambush election rule.  Both the House and Senate require a simple majority to pass the resolution.  Such a vote would not only overturn that rule, it would send a strong signal to the NLRB to stop using  government power to benefit unions, end its regulatory overreach, and protect worker privacy.

The Congressional Review Act may be the most significant vote on labor issues in this session of Congress, and will allow voters to know just where their elected officials stand:  for workers and jobs, or for more government favors to union bosses.

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Senior Vice President, Employment Policy Division

Glenn Spencer is senior vice president of the Employment Policy division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.