June 22, 2011 9:00 AM, EDT

NLRB Proposal Could Boost Unions’ Elections

The National Labor Relations Board has proposed changes to federal rules governing union organizing elections, including limiting the time employers have to fight representation votes, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

“The proposed amendments are designed to fix flaws in the board’s current procedures that build in unnecessary delays, allow wasteful litigation, and fail to take advantage of modern communication technologies,” a statement on NLRB’s website said.

If approved the changes would allow electronic filing of election requests, petitions and voter lists, NLRB said. The amendments would also mandate election hearings being held seven days after a hearing notice is served and hearings would be limited to resolving genuine disputes.

But the most significant change would be all pre-election requests for reviews would be eliminated, the Journal said in a front-page story.

This would mean if the proposals are approved, there would a reduction in the time between a formal call for an election to decide if workers want to join a union and the actual vote, the paper reported.