The General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board has reiterated the strict timelines which are now in place for conducting NLRB elections. The goal, in at least 50% of the cases, is to hold the election within just six weeks of the filing of the petition. In Region One of the Labor Board, which encompasses all of New England except Connecticut, the following wording appears (underlined) on one of the documents which accompanies the petition when it is first faxed to the parties:
Please note that, absent extraordinary circumstances, elections pursuant to [voluntary election] agreements will be conducted no more than 45 days after the filing of the petition.
This renewed emphasis on short pre-election periods underscores how critical it is that all employers practice positive employee relations every day. Enhancing effective two-way communications and assuring that employees are treated fairly and consistently are the fundamentals of good employee relations. Training managers and supervisors in these fundamentals today will go a long way to preserving your management rights in the future.