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Faster union elections on the way following NLRB action

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by Bernard Jeweler and Harold P. Coxson Jr., Esqs.

On Nov. 30, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) voted 2-1 in favor of changing the union election rules to speed up the process of securing union representation in workplaces nationwide.

The new rule shortens the time be­­tween the filing of an election petition and actual voting, making it easier for unions to win elections and more difficult for employers to communicate with employees before the vote.

‘Quickie’ elections

The final rule changes the current representation election procedures by:

  • Eliminating current procedures providing for pre-election appeals to the NLRB based on the election petition. Instead, it only allows a single, discretionary appeal of pre-election and post-election issues after the votes are cast. Appeals before an election are expressly limited to issues that would otherwise escape NLRB review entirely if not raised at that time.
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