The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Dec. 12 issued a final elections rule which will dramatically accelerate the time frame allowed for elections. The rule dictates procedures for workplace elections that determine whether employees want to be represented by a union.
The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, of which NATSO is a member, immediately announced that it will file a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the rule arguing that it paves the way for unfair and illegal “ambush” elections.
The NLRB’s rule is designed to prevent employees from gathering the facts before they cast a ballot for or against union representation,” CDW legal strategist Josh Ulman said in a statement. “The rule is yet another attempt by this agency to push the agenda of labor unions at the expense of employees and employers.”
Although CDW is still reviewing the more than 700-page rule, the coalition said NLRB Board actions indicate it closely mirrors a proposed rule issued in February.
That proposal stood to radically change the process for union representation elections by effectively shortening election time frames from 38 to 10 days, limiting employee's opportunity to hear from employers and giving employers fewer opportunities to raise challenges throughout the election process.
CDW said it would file its lawsuit within the week.
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