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New NLRB Rules Accelerate Union Elections

May 9, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The amount of time workers have to wait to vote on union representation has dropped by 38% since the National Labor Relations Board adopted new rules intended to speed up the process, according to a study by the management law firm Fisher Phillips.

Since the new rules were issued in April 2015, it said, elections have been held an average of 24 days after a petition is filed, more than two weeks less than the previous average of 39 days, and the number of elections held within two weeks increased from six a year to 62. The rules let unions file petitions electronically and require quicker hearings on challenges to them. Business groups have charged that the rules enable “ambush elections,” but unions say they were necessary to prevent employers from stalling and using the time to undermine the union. Unions won 82% of the elections held within two weeks, and two-thirds of all votes held under the new rules, not a significant change from before they went into effect. Read more


 

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