NLRB Unionization Posting Rule Takes Effect

Rule fails to describe consequences of exercising the rights to unionize.

From PA Chamber of Business & Industry

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board issued its final rule requiring most private-sector employers to notify employees of their rights to form, join or assist a union and engage in collective bargaining. The rule takes effect on Nov. 14, 2011.

The notice of rights will be provided at no charge by NLRB regional offices or can be downloaded from the board website and printed in color or black and white. Translated versions will be available, and must be posted at workplaces where at least 20 percent of employees are not proficient in English.

More information about the new requirements is available here.

In February, the PA Chamber sent a letter to the NLRB expressing opposition to the rule, which the business community views as biased, in conflict with the National Labor Relations Act, and as presenting numerous practical problems.

Specifically, the PA Chamber voiced concern that the rule failed to describe any of the consequences of exercising the rights to unionize, such as giving up the right to deal directly with the employer. It also does not mention the important right to object and refuse to pay union dues or fees for political purposes, nor does it describe the right to decertify or leave a union.

There are also questions as to whether NLRB has the statutory authority to adopt such a rule, which is yet another example of the agency’s over-reaching agenda that favors the interests of big labor over private-sector employers.

Chamber Launches Business Connect, Brings Businesses to Consumers

The Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce is offering local consumers a new way to shop for services. As part of a recently completed website renovation, The Chamber’s site has incorporated Business Connect, an on-line service that makes it easier for shoppers to request information on products or services from local merchants. Business Connect offers a local version of increasingly popular websites designed to assist consumers in locating products and services. 

Similar to the popular website Angie’s List, Business Connect provides consumers with the ability to contact multiple businesses with one message. After filling out a simple request form, the site uses an advanced content management database to relay the consumer’s message to every Chamber member in the business category specified by the user.  This new service streamlines the process of ‘shopping’ for products and services by linking consumers with the local businesses offering the services they are seeking. The advantage of Business Connect is that, unlike Angie’s List, it is a free service that only uses local companies and no registration is required.

“Our goal is to make it as simple as possible for people to request information from our local businesses,” says Fred Gaffney, President of The Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce. “Establishing this connection not only provides consumers with easier access to our members, but it also encourages local spending.”

“The consumer – business relationship is changing, particularly with younger generations,” explains Gaffney.  “Business Connect brings businesses to the customer, instead of the other way around.”

Business Connect is located in the Business Directory section of the Chamber’s website, www.columbiamontourchamber.com.  For more information, call 784-2522.

Chamber Members Receive Discount from Constant Contact

The Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with Constant Contact, a well-established email marketing service, to provide members with an economical way to stay in contact with customers.

Members of the Columbia Montour Chamber qualify for a special discount from Constant Contact:  prepay for six months of service and receive a 20% discount, or prepay for a year and receive 25% off.

Constant Contact can help members grow their businesses with great-looking email newsletters, promotions and announcements.  Constant Contact also makes it easy to manage multiple email databases and track who is opening emails.

If you already have a Constant Contact account and would like your discount, please send an email to chamberprogram@constantcontact.com with your user name telling them you are a member of The Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce.

If you haven’t opened an account yet, you can start with a 60-day free trial. To begin your trial click here.

Chamber Members Save Money on Commercial Energy

Since deregulation of the electricity industry in January 2010, consumers have enjoyed the opportunity to shop around for cheaper energy.  With energy prices expected to continue to fall through 2011, Chamber members can take advantage of commercial energy programs and pricing available exclusively to members.

Last year The Chamber joined with ChamberChoice and OnDemand Energy Solutions to provide members with a variety of energy programs to meet the needs and comfort level of any business.  The managed pool options allow small to medium sized members to purchase energy just like larger users.

For more information on the ChamberChoice OnDemand energy program offered through The Chamber, please contact John McDonough at 784-2522, or jmcdonough@columbiamontourchamber.com.

Interested in a free, no-obligation quote on commercial energy through the Chamber?

Simply fax this Letter of Authorization and your last two month’s energy bills to OnDemand, and someone will contact you within two weeks…it’s that simple!