The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has given preliminary approval to a pro-union proposal that will make it easier for unions to organize in workplaces and harder for businesses to address organizing efforts.

It’s the second time around for what has been called the “ambush election” rule, which would speed up elections and curtail the appeals process after an election.

The new version also requires businesses to give union leaders lists of employee phone numbers and email addresses before a vote.  

The NLRB instituted the rule in 2011 when the board had only two members on it, but a federal court subsequently threw out the rule because it said the board lacked a quorum. Now the board has full membership and its 3-2 vote for the rule was along party lines, with Democrats favoring and Republicans opposing.

The board is seeking public comment through April 7 and plans to hold a hearing. Also planning to hold a hearing on the proposed rule is the House Education and Workforce Committee.

 “This retread of the ‘ambush election’ rule shortens the time period for a union vote, strips employers and employees of the ability to get critical information before the vote, and is absolutely unnecessary,” said Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers. “In fact, it’s a guaranteed way to create conflict where none currently exists.”  

For more information:  CBIA’s Eric Gjede | 860.244.1931 | eric.gjede@cbia.com | @egjede