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Stop in the Name of Unionization

SHRM joins lawsuit to end NLRB ‘quickie’ election rule.

The human resources industry’s largest association is not happy with the National Labor Relations Board.

The Society for Human Resource Management has joined several other trade organizations in a lawsuit to stop the NLRB from moving ahead with implementation of its new “quickie” union election rule. The case was filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Jan. 5.

The rule, issued on Dec. 12, changes longstanding labor policy by shortening the time in which employers are required to hold union elections. Such elections typically occur within 38 days of an order of authorization. The new rule, if it survives the lawsuit, would expedite that time period to as little as 14 days.

“The changes unfairly hinder the ability of employees to make an informed choice about whether or not to join a union,” said Hank Jackson, SHRM president and CEO, in a news release. “This rule is the latest action by the NLRB to tilt the process toward unionizationand prevent employers fromeffectively communicating with employees, and it should be thrown out.”

The labor board believes the rule will enable the agency to more effectively administer the National Labor Relations Act by modernizing its rules, making its procedures more transparent and uniform across regions and eliminating unnecessary litigation and delay, according to an NLRB news release.

“Simplifying and streamlining the process will result in improvements for all parties,” said NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce in the news release.

SHRM joined in the lawsuit with the Coalition for a Democratic Workforce, National Association of Manufacturers, National Retail Federation and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.