Stay Informed

Receive newsletters & regular updates.

Click here to register

Welcome

"our success is the direct result of

our commitment to our clients."

> more info

News

Rules Would Speed Up Union Elections (Read More…)

June 21, 2011 | Associated Press

Labor regulators are proposing sweeping new rules that would dramatically speed up the time frame for union elections, a move that could make it easier for struggling unions to organize new members, and cut the time businesses have to mount anti-union campaigns.

The National Labor Relations Board announced the new rules on Tuesday, saying the current rules build in unnecessary delays and encourage wasteful litigation.

The proposal is expected to irritate Republicans and business groups who have complained about the board’s pro-labor actions.

Most labor elections currently take place within 45-60 days after a union gathers enough signatures to file a petition, a time many companies use to discourage workers from unionizing. The new plan could cut that time by days or even weeks — depending on the case — by simplifying procedures, deferring litigation and setting shorter deadlines for hearings and filings.

But it does not impose a specific deadline for elections, as many labor leaders had hoped. Canada, for example, requires such elections to take place in as little as 5 to 10 days.

Board chairwoman Wilma Liebman said the plan would lead to rules that are simpler and clearer, removing unnecessary delays and avoiding wasteful litigation.

“Resolving representation questions quickly, fairly, and accurately has been an overriding goal of American labor law for more than 75 years,” she said.

Passage would be a victory for labor unions that have long complained about employers using procedural delays and litigation to hold up elections and intimidate workers. Some employers hire so-called “union busting” consulting firms to produce videotapes, draft talking points or create brochures to deter unionizing.

View News Archives

Our Services

Links