Chicago partner Stephanie Dodge Gournis was quoted in a Law360 article titled, “No Bump in Union Election Wins in 1st Year of NLRB Rule.” The article discussed recent data released by the National Labor Relations Board indicating no spike in the National Labor Relations Board’s controversial union election rule.
The rule did not lead to the spike in representation petitions or increased union election wins since the NLRB’s controversial election rule went into effect last year. The NLRB data showed that the While that management-side lawyers had initially feared. The total number of union petitions filed in all categories actually dropped about four percent over the past year.
Stephanie said she had expected to see an increase in the number of petitions filed by unions and employees to hold elections for union representation since the new rule was aimed at them, but that did not occur.
“Frankly, it’s too early to tell the impact [of the rule] despite the data,” Stephanie said. “The only thing this [data] shows is that the rule has had the intended effect of decreasing the time between a petition filing and an election. It’s too early to say whether quicker elections result in better outcomes for unions, employees or employers.”