NLRB delays union poster rule over confusion

By SAM HANANEL | October 5, 2011 | 3:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board is postponing the effective date of a new rule requiring most private businesses to put up a poster that explains workers' rights to form unions.

The board says there has been so much confusion about which businesses are covered under the rule that officials want to conduct more outreach, especially to small and medium sized companies.

The rule was supposed to take effect on Nov. 14, but that date has been moved to Jan. 15.

The rule has met stiff resistance from business groups who say the language is too one-sided and seems to encourage workers to join unions. The posters explain a worker's right to bargain collectively, distribute union literature and engage in other union activities without reprisal.