NLRB Rule Would Burden Employers with Fast-Track Union Elections

Trumka photoUnion leaders, frustrated over their inability to sway Congress, more than ever are relying upon the National Labor Relations Board to enact stealth legislation. The board, now with a Democratic majority, seems willing to oblige them. Case in point: an NLRB proposal announced last Tuesday, June 21, and published in the Federal Register the next day, to substantially reduce the duration of election campaigns for union representation. While the board touts the regulation as an overdue streamlining of an inefficient system, its covert motive, say critics, is to hamstring employer opposition. That’s because such campaigns typically begin months in advance of the employer’s knowledge. Among those critics, fittingly, are two former board members and a current one. 

Private-sector union membership has been declining for decades. Last year, a mere 6.9 percent of the non-governmental work force belonged, noted the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s down from nearly a …