NLRB Approves “Quickie Elections”

December, 2011


On November 30, by a vote of 2-1, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) approved a resolution allowing the Board to amend its pre-election regulations.

Dubbed the "Quickie Election,” the changes includes a shortened time frame between filing the petition and election (to an average of 21 days), mandated disclosure of employee information to unions (telephone, emails, etc.) and deferral of litigation over representational disputes (such as voter eligibility) until after the election.

Interestingly, short after the NLRB’s vote, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass The Workforce and Democracy Fairness Act to block the Board’s resolution, but it is not expected to pass in the Senate. The Board must vote one more time before the rule becomes final.

Although the final rule is expected to published by the end of year, this could be delayed if the Board drops down to only two members before the vote, or if there is a legal challenge as is speculated to happen.

 

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