This just out of the AP: – Labor regulators are set to propose sweeping new rules Tuesday 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…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.
The rules would:
_ Allow electronic filing of petitions and other documents to speed up processing.
_ Set pre-election hearings to begin 7 days after a petition is filed.
_ Defer litigation of eligibility issues involving less than 20 percent of the bargaining unit until after the election.
_ Eliminate pre-election appeals of rulings by an NLRB regional director.
_ Reduce from 7 to 2 days the time for an employer to provide an electronic list of eligible voters. Read here: AP
Editor’s note: Given the fact that union bosses like Trumka have an open door to the WH and are expending enormous amounts of money on elections, freedom of choice seems to be heading out the door under this administration. The NLRB is Obama. The Democratic Party is entrenched with the unions.
The electronic filings allow for increased voter fraud and give no time for companies to discuss their viewpoints with workers. They also disallow legal recourse to companies until it is basically too late and the decisions are made. The 20% number of the bargaining unit as the legal determinant is patently unfair and hardly represents the employees.
These new rules give unions months to prepare for union elections and companies could end up with hours to prepare. It’s not card check, but it’s everything else the union bosses wanted though Trumka, with grand understatement, called the changes “moderate.”
There will be a lot more Boeing cases and a lot less free enterprise.