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ANALYSIS: Union Elections in 2020—Who Won and Lost at the NLRB

March 1, 2021, 5:28 PM

The turbulent year that was 2020 slammed the brakes on union organizing activity across the country, causing an unprecedented low in the number of National Labor Relations Board-conducted elections won by labor.

Unions last year won only 652 representation elections, resulting in a 69.9% win rate. By contrast, in 2019, 938 elections—75.6% of all votes held—were won by unions.

Bloomberg Law’s newly published NLRB Election Statistics report for 2020 has the full complement of data detailing how drastically the pandemic and recession affected the age-old conflict between management and labor over the union representation of workers. Going deeper than spotting ...