Important note: In response to a District Court decision issued on May 14, the National Labor Relations Board has suspended the implementation of changes to its representation case process, which had taken effect April 30. Board Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce said the Board is reviewing the court decision and considering its response. “We continue to believe that the amendments represent a significant improvement in our process and serve the public interest by eliminating unnecessary litigation,” he said. Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon has withdrawn his previous guidance to regional offices and advised regional directors to revert to their previous practices for election petitions filed starting May 15.
The Board voted in December 2011 to change some election procedures in order to reduce unnecessary litigation, adopting parts of a broader proposal to modernize and streamline the election process. The changes - which have been suspended - are described in the following documents.
- Read FAQs on the new procedures.
- Read an explanation of the changes.
- View an outreach presentation on the rule changes.
- Read the rule in the Federal Register.
- Read the concurring and dissenting statements.