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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on NLRB Election Rules


President of AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, released a statement on NLRB Election Rules.

-February 5th-

We applaud the National Labor Relations Board for proposing these common-sense rules to reduce delay in the NLRB election process.

Similar rules were adopted by the NLRB more than two years ago after an exhaustive public rulemaking process.  The rules were needed then, and they are still needed now.

When workers petition for an NLRB election, they should receive a timely opportunity to vote.  But the current NLRB election process is riddled with delay and provides too many opportunities for employers to manipulate and drag out the process through costly and unnecessary litigation and deny workers a vote.

These rules are an important step in the right direction and will help improve the election process.