New Union Rules Take Effect Next Month

By Peter DePaolis

Beginning next month, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) new rules on union elections take effect after the NLRB’s ruling last December. This is good news for unions and union workers, as it should result in faster union elections and more unionized workforces overall.

The new rule does not allow the employer to litigate certain issues before the union election. Under the soon-to-be-old rule, employers could litigate the proposed size of the union, employees’ eligibility to vote in the union, and the scope of the union contract. Employers could litigate the issues, thereby holding up the union organization process. Employers would typically use the time delay to address the pros and cons of unions with their employees.

However, after next month, any litigation will have to wait until after the union election. Moreover, employers will no longer have additional time to campaign against union organizations. The NLRB hopes the new rule will reduce unnecessary litigation when it comes to union representation in the workplace. In addition, the NLRB thinks the new rule will save time and resources for employers and unions.

The NLRB’s new rule takes effect on April 30, 2012.

Are you a member of a union? Contact our team of attorneys today.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.