The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), employing its seldom-used rulemaking authority, has published proposed revisions to its union representation rules. By proposing to make these changes through rulemaking, it will make it more difficult for a future Board to reverse course.

The proposal is targeted at three specific parts of the agency’s representation rules and practices: so-called blocking charges; the “voluntary recognition bar”; and proof of majority support in the construction industry.

While the proposed changes may provide some ancillary benefits to employers that would prefer to operate without a union, the clear beneficiaries will be employees who do not wish to be represented by a labor union or who wish to be represented by a different labor union.

A copy of the NLRB’s proposed revisions, along with additional relevant information, can be found online. Public comments on the proposed changes are due by October 11, 2019.

Members of the Center for Workplace Compliance (CWC) can read more here.