NLRB's 'Ambush Election' rules are now in effect

Former Verizon Wireless CEO Denny Strigl reacts


This is a rush transcript from "Your World," April 30, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

NEIL CAVUTO, HOST OF "YOUR WORLD": It is the last day of April. Do you know where your union rep is? He or she could be a lot whole closer than you think.

Today is the day that National Labor Relations Board's so-called 'ambush election' rules go into effect. The new rules make it easier for unions to organize and faster, too.

And former Verizon Wireless CEO Denny Strigl is very worried about the jobs fallout from all of this.

Essentially, Denny, we should explain to people here that in as little as 10 days, unions can be up and running in non-union shops.

Explain how it works.

DENNY STRIGL, FORMER PRESIDENT AND CEO, VERIZON WIRELESS: Well, as a matter of fact, the way it works today is it is an extended period of time in which the company can respond to the unions trying to organize.

By the way, Neil, this takes time. The union has a lot of time, years in fact to rev the employees up, the convince employees that the union is what they should do; it's the right thing for them. And now, according to these new rules, there is as little as two weeks for the company to respond to what the union has inculcated into the work force.

CAVUTO: All right, now we are hearing workplace by workplace if it is non-unionized shop or it's only a partially unionized shop, that union guys have been very, very busy trying to strong-arm their way in there, what have you heard about success or where they're concentrating their efforts?


STRIGL: Well, Neil, I will tell you, there hasn’t been a lot of success in unionization over the course of the last many years.

And this is one of the last-ditch efforts on the part of the union to try to slam these things in before the -- before the company management wakes up to the fact that they’re there. I don't think that this going to be much success at, Neil.

The fact of the matter is that companies that are threatened by unions should be very well aware of that and should be responding over time. But this is -- this is one more strong-arm...

CAVUTO: I don't know about that. I'll tell you, a lot of them didn’t even realize the uniqueness of this date or how special it was and a lot of them were caught off guard when they saw the union organizers busy in store and shop parking lots trying to sign people up.

Now, the question I have for you, then, who says a speedier process is a more union-friendly process? Couldn't workers feel equally -- I don't know if intimidated is the word or at least cautious about signing on so quickly?

STRIGL: Let's be careful here. I think that that is what exactly happens, is employees are intimidated. The union strong-arms them to sign cards, to vote for the union. That's exactly what happens.

CAVUTO: Do you think that is what will happen or that this is much ado about nothing?

STRIGL: Oh, sure, Neil, but it is what has happened already.

This is just what more thing that the union stirs people up over, and, OK, maybe these union guys are out in the parking lots, but companies know this. I mean, good management is not asleep at the wheel.

CAVUTO: OK. We will watch very, very closely.

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