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NLRB Announces Proposed Changes To Its Representation Election Procedures Intended to Speed Up the Process

By Edwin S. Hopson

On June 21, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board, with Member Hayes dissenting, proposed changes in its representation election procedures.  The stated purpose is “to reduce unnecessary litigation, streamline pre- and post-election procedures, and facilitate the use of electronic communications and document filing.”

The Board majority points out that it has periodically reviewed and frequently revised its procedures in representation cases over the years since the National Labor Relations Act was enacted into law in 1935. For many decades, the NLRB’s General Counsel has had formal time targets for many facets of the representation election process.  These proposed regulations would supplant the previous guidelines. Continue reading