UPDATE: FEBRUARY 2014
On Feb. 5, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) re-issued a proposed rule that would make it much easier for unions to form in U.S. workplaces. The proposal would shorten the time between the filing of union election petitions and actual voting, making it much easier for unions to win elections and more difficult for employers to communicate with employees before the vote.
Business groups oppose these “quickie” or “ambush” election rules. The NLRB argues that they're needed for "modernizing processes, enhancing transparency and eliminating unnecessary litigation and delay."
The NLRB proposed such an idea a few years ago. In fact, a scaled-back version of the rules actually took effect for a few months in 2012 before a court said the rules were invalid (see below).
At the time, dissenting NLRB member Brian Hayes warned that the rules would mean workplace union elections...(register to read more)