For Immediate Release: May 8, 2013
Stephen Kendrick, (202) 367-2360

NLBMDA Welcomes Court Decision Striking Down NLRB Poster Rule


[Washington, DC] - The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) welcomes the decision yesterday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (D.C.) Circuit invalidating a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule requiring nearly six million employers to post an 11-by-17 inch notice regarding employee rights to unionize.


In its decision, the court held that the NLRB did not have the authority under the National Labor Relations Act to issue the poster rule.


Last spring the D.C. Circuit Court issued an injunction against the rule, two weeks before it was set to take effect, prohibiting the NLRB from requiring employers to comply with the regulation as the court considered an appeal of a lower court decision upholding the rule.


"NLBMDA agrees with the court's ruling that the NLRB does not have the authority to issue the poster requirement," said Michael O'Brien, NLBMDA President and CEO. "The decision by the D.C. Circuit Court is welcome news and hopefully will help the NLRB strike a better balance between the rights of employers and employees."


The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) represents its members in the national public policy arena, with emphasis on efforts to 1) promote the industry and educate legislators and public policy personnel; and 2) assist legislative, regulatory, standard-setting and other government or private bodies in the development of laws, regulations and policies affecting lumber and building material dealers, its customers and suppliers. Founded in 1917, the association has over 6,000 members operating single or multiple lumber yards and component plants serving homebuilders, subcontractors, general contractors, and consumers in the new construction, repair and remodeling of residential and light commercial.