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April 15, 2022, 9:15 AM

How the NLRB Could Ease Union Elections: Joy Silk, Explained

Ian Kullgren
Ian Kullgren

National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo is looking to simplify the union process by a reviving a legal standard that fell out of use 50 years ago.

Joy Silk would allow the board to recognize a union if a majority of workers fill out cards of support—meaning unions wouldn’t need to win formal elections in most cases.

Supporters of the approach say it would deter employers from interfering with elections, while business groups have said it’s an overreach that imperils companies’ rights to conduct business their way.

1) How would it work without elections?

The initial steps to ...

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