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NLRB’s ‘ambush’ rules reduced union election cycle by 2 weeks

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The National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush election” rules took effect April 14 last year. Now an NLRB analysis of a year’s worth of union representation cases reveals that the new rules have indeed trimmed about 14 days off the time between initial filing of a union election petition and actual balloting.

In the past, that generally took about 38 days. Under the new rules, it can theoretically happen in as few as 13 days. In reality, it now takes 24 days, according to the NLRB.

However, the new rules do not appear to have made it more likely that workers will choose to be represented by a union. Workers voted for union representation 66% of the time in the last year, compared to 65% from April 2014 to April 2015.

Business groups opposed to the new rules, also known as “quickie election” rules, feared organized labor could use the expedited process to hurry voting, denying employers the chance to make the case against union representation.

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