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Is Your Business Ready for a Union Organizing Effort

Dec 23, 2014 by Jill C. McQueen

This month, the National Labor Relations Board finalized a rule that will accelerate the union election process.  In doing so, the Board has handed unions a significant advantage in representation elections. Among other things, the rule:

  • Provides that pre-election hearings will be scheduled within eight days of an election petition;
  • Requires employers to submit a position statement within seven days of the election petition and address any disputed issues--or lose the right to assert them;
  • Expands the information employers must provide about employees to include telephone numbers and email addresses, due within just two days of a direction of election from the Board;
  • Postpones employer challenges to voter eligibility until after an election is held; and
  • Eliminates election stays pending appeal to the NLRB.

The net result of the changes is expected to be that the time between the filing of a union petition and a union election will shrink substantially.  Most likely, elections will take place within 20-days of the time a petition is filed.  With less time, employers will have less of an opportunity to get their own message out to workers about the drawbacks of union representation.   

The rule is scheduled to take effect April 14, 2015.


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