Take Action: Stop the NLRB's “Ambush” Election Rule

February 26, 2015

Contact your member of Congress Today, Rule to Take Effect April 14

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) rule on representation-case procedures goes into effect on April 14, 2015. Known as the “quickie election” or “ambush election” rule, it would expedite the union representation election cycle to as few as 14 days from the union’s filing of a petition for an election. It is bad for both employers and employees. It would deny employers due process by limiting review of critical issues such as identifying the appropriate bargaining unit and voter eligibility potentially until after the vote is held. It would also limit workers’ access to information and provide inadequate time for workers to consider information about joining the union.

The rule would have a particularly difficult application in the construction industry due to the complexity of identifying the appropriate bargaining unit, determining voter eligibility in the industry, and due to the decentralized nature of construction workplaces operated by the same employer.

This week, the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace sent a letter to the U.S. Senate supporting legislation blocking the ambush election rule. The legislation could be considered as early as next week.    Please send a letter to your members of Congress supporting legislation to roll back the rule before its effective date.

For more information, please contact Jim Young at or (202) 547-0133.

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