Bloomberg Law
March 26, 2020, 10:01 AM

Labor Board Pressured to Resume Union Elections by Mail

Hassan A. Kanu
Hassan A. Kanu
Legal Reporter
Robert Iafolla
Robert Iafolla

Union leaders and worker advocates are criticizing the National Labor Relations Board for changing course and deciding to suspend all union elections until at least early next month because of the coronavirus pandemic, urging the board to allow voting by mail.

“Coronavirus must be taken extremely seriously, but the NLRB should be utilizing mail ballots, telephonic hearings, and the panoply of other readily available technologies,” Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, told Bloomberg Law in an e-mail, adding that the new policy will “suffocate worker voice.”

The board announced March 18 it was suspending all in-person elections ...

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