The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) rule on representation case procedures went into effect on April 30, 2012. Referred to as the “Quickie Election” or “Ambush Election” rule, would speed up the union representation election cycle to as little as 14 days and will require swifter action by employers to educate employers during an organizing campaign.
AGC of America has opposed the rule because it effectively limits employee access to information and an adequate opportunity to consider information about whether they want to be represented by the pursuing union. Beside having a detrimental impact on our industry, the rule will be a difficult one to apply not only because of the complexity of identifying the appropriate bargaining unit and determining voter eligibility in the construction industry, but also due to the decentralized nature of construction workplaces operated by the same employer.
The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), which AGC of America is a member of, filed a lawsuit against the rule and anticipates the court to issue a decision on its merits by May 15, 2012.
For more background on the rule and AGC of America’s concern, please click here.