NLRB press release 57% increase in union representation petitions

On April 6, 2022, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) issued a Press release acknowledging the shocking increase in new trade union organizations. Specifically, in the first half of fiscal year 2022 (October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022), the NLRB reported that petitions for union representation increased by 57%.

Representation petitions are filed by employees and unions requesting that the NLRB hold an election to determine if employees wish to be represented by a union.

NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo said that “there is an increase in union activity across the country, with workers organizing and filing petitions for more union elections than they have. had over the past ten years.

This increase in activity, however, comes with “critical funding and staffing shortages” for the NLRB, which makes resolving the large number of union petitions a difficult feat to conquer. Although the NLRB is set to receive a new funding appropriation from Congress in fiscal year 2023, the NLRB says this may not fully meet staffing needs since “more than three quarters (77%) of the NLRB budget goes directly to staff costs.

General Counsel Abruzzo noted the dire situation, stating that while the NLRB remains committed to dealing with petitions and other issues that come before the Board, “the NLRB needs a significant increase in funding to carry out the mission of the Agency”.

© 2022 Proskauer Rose LLP. National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 97

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