The National Labor Relations Board has proposed some of the most sweeping new rules governing union elections since 1947. In late June, the NLRB gave a green light to changes that would speed the time frame for union elections, saying the current rules build in unnecessary delays and encourage wasteful litigation. Passage would be a victory for labor unions that have long complained about employers using procedures and litigation to hold up elections and intimidate workers.
Opponents of the action argue the move is a back-door attempt by the agency to codify the principles of the Employee Free Choice Act, or “Card Check” legislation, which died in Congress in 2009. Business leaders say it will interfere with basic management decisions, make it much easier for unions to organize new members and cut the time businesses are allowed to challenge union campaigns.
Public comments on the proposed rule must be received by the NLRB on or before August 22, 2011.