Q. We are a union shop. We’ve heard the NLRB has new rules about unions. What do they involve and what do they require us to do?
A. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has indeed proposed changes to the federal rules governing union-organizing elections. They were published in the Federal Register on June 22, 2011.
The effect of the NLRB’s proposed rules is to impose additional requirements on employers in a very compressed period of time. It is estimated that the proposed rules will result in elections being held within 10 to 21 days from the time an election petition has been filed. This is a much tighter time frame than current rules dictate. Right now, the median number of days between petition and election is 38.
Under the new rules, hearings on the petition will automatically be scheduled within seven days of the filing.
The employer will be required to provide the union with a list detailing the names, work loca...(register to read more)