Federal judge strikes down NLRB’s rule approving “ambush” union elections

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    May 15, 2012 2:01 PM GMT
    A good news for workers and business.

    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-05-14/nlrb-rule-speeding-union-elections-thrown-out-by-judge/

    “According to Woody Allen, eighty percent of life is just showing up,” Boasberg wrote in an opinion issued today. “When it comes to satisfying a quorum requirement, though, showing up is even more important than that.”

    The rule change, challenged in court by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, simplified and shortened balloting at a time when the unionized share of the workforce is falling, according to labor relations consultant Phillip Wilson. The compressed schedule could have cut the time permitted for voting in half to as few as 15 days, Wilson said.

    Unions win 87 percent of elections held 15 days or less after a request, a rate that falls to 58 percent when the vote takes place after 36 to 40 days, according to a February report by Bloomberg Government.

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    When the final rule came up, the NLRB’s lone Republican commissioner, Brian Hayes, did not cast a vote. He was given only a matter of hours on the NLRB’s electronic ballot system before the Democratic majority went ahead and published it that day, without anyone requesting a response.

    Mr. Becker claimed that Mr. Hayes had “effectively indicated his opposition” and therefore he was “present” even though he was not, in fact, present. Basically, the NLRB argued that the quorum requirement was satisfied because there were three members in office when the rule was “approved.”
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    May 15, 2012 2:35 PM GMT
    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-05-15/nlrb-can-revive-speedy-union-vote-rule-judge-threw-out

    Interesting.

    I wonder what will happen to Obama's recess appointments to the board.
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    May 15, 2012 7:25 PM GMT
    musclmed saidhttp://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-05-15/nlrb-can-revive-speedy-union-vote-rule-judge-threw-out

    Interesting.

    I wonder what will happen to Obama's recess appointments to the board.


    I assume he will try and try again. The problem is that it's a dead fight. We'll see what happens in Wisconsin but that may be a tipping point for the strength of unions in the Democratic Party - and the Democrats will be better off for it.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/05/the-fastest-dying-jobs-of-this-generation-and-what-replaced-them/257154/

    Compare and contrast the top unionized type jobs which are overwhelmingly on the decline and dying versus growing fields that are non-unionized. This is a huge problem for organized labor.