NLRB prepares to take the ‘ambush’ out of union election rule

Sources: National Labor Relations Board; CP staff

A detailed Federal Register notice outlines modifications to the National Labor Relations Board’s Representation–Case Procedures rule, which saw 25 amendments in 2014-2015 as a part of a significant policy shift under President Barack Obama. Changes effective April 2020 sunset certain provisions enabling what opponents dubbed “ambush elections” by narrowing the window between a union petition for bargaining unit representation and rank & file voting from a 38- to 28-day average.

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OSHA pegs one-time savings of $25M in revised crane operator rule

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff

OSHA is revisiting Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard certification requirements and equipment parameters adopted under the Obama administration, aiming to reduce employer compliance costs and increase worker safety. The agency characterizes “Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Qualification,” a proposed rule published in the May 21 Federal Register, as a) providing long-term certification requirement clarity; b) reinstating employer duty to ensure a crane operator is qualified to safely operate equipment; and, c) discontinuing a yet-to-be-implemented rule that crane operator certification include the lifting capacity for which the operator is certified. Compliance with the latter has been delayed on multiple occasions, but set for November 2018. 

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FHWA revisits Buy America provisions for rebar tie wire, precast lifting devices

Sources: Federal Highway Administration; National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff

Through a recent Federal Register notice, the Federal Highway Administration seeks comments on a one-year waiver under the Buy America Act for tie wire spools used in rebar-tying guns, and indicates the potential for similar action on precast concrete lifting devices. A public comment period runs through December 2 on three agency points:

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