CEI Labor Policy Analyst Trey Kovacs and Research Associate Jack Mann Featured in The Washington Examiner
Imagine an election in which one candidate may campaign for a year while the other is only allowed to enter the race a week before Elec
tion Day. Blindsided, the latter candidate would have no time to organize a team or respond to attacks.
That is precisely what the National Labor Relations Board is trying to accomplish, by imposing an "ambush election" rule on private-sector workplaces. Yet the board's own internal report shows that the proposed rule is a solution in search of a problem.
The new rule would give employees as little as 10 days to decide whether or not to unionize. The board justified its decision to shorten the election timeline because it claimed unreasonable delays were depriving workers of their right to a union election. NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce said the rule change is necessary to give "all employees who have petitioned for an election the right to vote in a timely manner and without the impediment of needless litigation."