NLBMDA: April 2015

Statistics show the Union election process does not need shortening as the current rules are working for both employers and employees. Unions won 64% of private sector elections in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 and 63% in FY 2014.

Almost all Union elections take place within 60 days. Currently, the median time between petition and election is 38 days—below the Board’s target of 42 days.

According to the NLRB, in FY 2014, 95.7% of Union elections took place within 56 days or less from the time the representation petition was filed until the representation election was held. That rate is higher than the Board’s self identified goal of 90% and marks the 14th consecutive year it has exceeded its goal.

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The shorter the election, the less time employers have to communicate with employees about a Union attempting to organize the workplace. Like the previous rule, the new rule also greatly limits worker access to information needed to make an informed choice about Union representation.

Congress has begun to push back against the ambush election rule. In March, the Senate voted of 53 to 46 to overturn the rule. The vote was mostly along party lines, all Republicans except Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) supported the measure, and no Democrats supported it. The House of Representatives is expected to take similar action in the near future, however, the White House has threatened to veto it.

NLBMDA opposes the NLRB’s ambush election rule and plans to continue its work on behalf of lumber dealers in upholding longstanding labor policy that allows for a fair Union election process. To learn more about the efforts of CDW and its fight against the ambush election rule please visit

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