Another Reason to Refuse to Consent to Mail-In Ballots in a Union Election

Union representation elections are usually done in person at the workplace. When the workforce is scattered or works odd shifts the union and the National Labor Relations Board likes to use mail-in ballots as a way to ensure all voting employees have an equal chance to vote. Oddly, an NLRB Regional Director declined to count…
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NLRB Orders Rerun Election Because Company did not Check Enough Databases for Employees’ Personal Contact Information

Changes to union election rules took effect on April 14, 2015. Now, a company must give the regional director and the union the contact information for eligible voters, including “available personal e-mail addresses, and available home and personal cellular (cell) telephone numbers of all eligible voters.” This poses a challenge for employers that do not…
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NLRB Allows Electronic Signatures on Election Petitions

Unions must provide evidence that at least 30% of the proposed bargaining unit supports its petition before the Board will schedule an election. Unions may either submit signed and dated authorization cards or a signature list. Until recently, employees needed to physically sign their name in ink on a piece of paper. Now, though, the…
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Supervisor’s Pro-Union Advocacy Helps Union Win Election

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) recently crusaded to organize a 90-person adjunct bargaining unit at a college in California. The College’s “Foundations Coordinator” – an obvious supervisor – openly campaigned in favor of the union. Typically, supervisory pro-union involvement taints an election because of the possibility that employees will feel coerced into voting for…
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NLRB Concludes Wage Hike to Non-Union Employees was Illegal

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and the NLRB does govern when and how a non-union company can give raises to its non-union workforce. Here, the NLRB ruled that a company that gave raises to non-union employees, seemingly out of spite that some employees voted to become members of a union, was unlawful. A…
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NLRB Orders New Election Despite Wage Increase Notices Being Mailed Before Election Petition Filed

A nursing home informed geriatric nursing assistants that they would receive wage increases via letters that were sent one day before the union filed its petition for an election. The employees voted 28-33 against union representation – a company victory that would be short-lived. Though the letters were sent before the election petition was filed,…
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