A new NLRB rule that will make it easier for unions to organize a work site has been upheld as a valid exercise of the NLRB’s regulatory authority.
Recent case: A group of Texas builders sued to invalidate the NLRB’s so-called “quickie” election rules. They let a union election take place in as few as 13 days, compared to an average of 42 days, as was previously the case. Under the rule, NLRB regional directors must schedule elections “at the earliest date practicable” after a petition is filed.
The builders said the speed would interfere with their right to oppose unionization, their right to free speech and their ability to determine whether a proposed classification unit is appropriate.
The federal court hearing the case dismissed their lawsuit. They will likely appeal. (Associated Builders, et al., v. NLRB, No. 1:15-cv-00026, WD TX, 2015)