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NLRB proposes changes to rules for union elections

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The National Labor Relations Board proposed rules on June 21, 2011 (voting 3 to 1, with Brian Hayes, the only Republican dissenting), to dramatically streamline the process for unions to organize for elections at employer work sites. The NLRB's proposed rules would seriously shorten the period between a union's petition filing and an election to be conducted by the NLRB, limiting an employer's ability to effectively communicate with its employees prior to a vote. The unions have argued that this time period simply allows employers to thwart union-organizing efforts. If the NLRB is successful in its attempt to streamline elections, companies (most especially small businesses) would be deprived of the opportunity to effectively seek legal counsel and to communicate appropriately with their employees prior to a vote. The NLRB's proposed rules would postpone many employers' challenges to the union-organizing process until after elections; remove a 25 to 30 day waiting period between a union's election petition and an election (under the proposed rules, employers reportedly could expect the NLRB to conduct elections within 10 to 21 days after a petition is filed); and require employers to include cell phone numbers and email addresses in the employee lists the employers would provide to the union organizers. For further information on this issue and a compelling brief statement of objections to the proposed rules, please click here to see the statement of testimony from the NLRB Rulemaking Hearing on July 18-19, 2011 on the proposed new rules.

*** PLEASE TAKE ACTION *** THIS SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED AS "A VERY BIG DEAL" TO EMPLOYERS — NAMA urges all NAMA members (and their families and staffs) to please take action on this issue by promptly contacting their representatives in Congress (in both the Senate and the House of Representatives) and also by contacting the NLRB with opposition to these proposed new NLRB rules. Comments directly to the NLRB are due by Aug. 21, 2011.

NAMA Gratitude Tour may be heading to your neighborhood!
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The NAMA Gratitude Tour is a multi-city, mobile marketing tour that will take machines on a vending road trip to seven cities with heavy university and Gen Y populations (ages 18-29) and showcase the industry’s LATEST machines, technology and products. Machines will be filled with products that Gen Y consumers (and others) enjoy. In addition, the Tour events will feature live music, PRODUCT GIVEAWAYS and social media stations, where consumers can enter NAMA’s Facebook contest (, send messages to friends and use other social media tools to reflect their experience.

These open-air events will attract THOUSANDS of consumers and earn coverage by both local and national media, allowing us to reach MILLIONS of consumers of all ages and reinforce that vending delivers what consumers want, when they want it. For more information about how you can be a part of the excitement, contact NAMA's marketing firm, Healy and Schulte, at (312) 765-8770 or

(Please note corrected dates below; previously published dates were incorrect.)

2011 Gratitude Tour:
  • Boston: Sept. 12
  • New York City: Sept. 15
  • Atlanta, Ga: Sept. 22
  • Austin, Texas: Sept. 28
  • Phoenix: Oct. 5
  • Minneapolis: Oct. 11
  • Madison, Wis.: Oct. 13

  • Vend.Love.Win. Facebook contest has officially launched and it's ready to help energize your business!
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    The nationwide Vend.Love.Win. Facebook contest ( encourages consumers to upload pictures or videos of their favorite vending machines or vended products, along with a short description explaining why they love them, for a chance to win cash prizes every month. In addition, entrants are encouraged to check out the "Vend This" and "Vend Here" tabs, which allow consumers to provide direct feedback about new products and new locations for vending machines. Vend.Love.Win. will create a direct, positive impact on your vending business by generating excitement and increasing sales. For quick and easy ideas on how you can take advantage of Vend.Love.Win., contact NAMA's marketing firm, Healy & Schulte, at (312) 765-8770 or

    California: Vending on state property bill to be heard in appropriations committee
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    AB 727, introduced by Assembly Member Holly Mitchell, D-Calif., will now be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Aug. 15. The bill will require that, by 2016, 50 percent of products in vending machines on state property comply with the nutritional standards outlined in state law (the bill previously required that 100 percent of products comply by 2016). Current law requires that 35 percent of products in vending machines on state property comply with these nutritional standards. The California Automatic Vendors Council opposed the bill in the Health Committee arguing that the current requirements are adequate and that imposing these restrictions places the vendors at a competitive disadvantage when cafeterias and other food outlets on state owned property will be allowed to continue to sell the same snack and beverage items without the restrictions imposed on vending operators. CAVC will continue to oppose this legislation and encourages all California vending operators to contact their California State Senators and ask them to vote against the bill if it reaches the Senate Floor. For more information contact Sandy Larson at .

    New York: Reverse vending machine bill goes to governor
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    NY S 2877, which relates to the number of reverse vending machines required for mandatory acceptance of empty beverage containers, was sent to the governor on Aug. 5. For additional information contact Pam Gilbert at

    Wisconsin: Governor signs legislation to extend unemployment benefits
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    Gov. Walker has officially signed into law legislation that will continue federal unemployment benefit extensions through 2011. These extended benefits become applicable after an individual has been unemployed for over a year and a half. Payment of these extended benefits should have started back in April and has since been delayed due to governmental decision making. Therefore, the benefit will be paid retroactively to those eligible from April 2011. It is estimated that nearly 40,000 unemployed and jobless people will benefit from this extension. For additional information contact Kim Radulski at

    Wisconsin: State legislation invalidates Milwaukee sick leave law
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    Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Cooper has ruled that the state law invalidating Milwaukee’s mandatory paid sick leave law makes ongoing court efforts to enact the law a futile effort. The state ruling effectively kills the city law that was approved by voters in November 2008, despite claims that the law must be implemented for two years before it can be repealed. A lawsuit filed by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce has prevented the law from taking effect and with the new state ruling, the law is now completely null and void. For additional information contact Kim Radulski at

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