This week, President Obama vetoed Congress' joint resolution to block the NLRB's ambush election rule, which shortens the period of time that employers and employees will have to prepare for a union election after receiving an election petition to as few as 14 days beginning on April 14. Under current rules, an election takes place between 38-45 days after a petition is filed. The new time frame dramatically impacts an employer's opportunity to make their case to workers about unionization. To read more about the Final Rule, click here.
Employers should proactively familiarize themselves with these new shortened procedures as any election petition received after April 14 will be voted upon within the new shortened time frames. Now is the time to prepare your company to handle what many believe will be an onslaught of election petition filings. It should also be noted that government and union officials have received thorough training on how union election procedures will change on April 14, and are subsequently mobilized to take advantage of this new, streamlined opportunity for union organizing.