Bloomberg Law
April 12, 2022, 3:43 PMUpdated: April 12, 2022, 6:57 PM

Revisit Card Check to Ease Union Organizing: NLRB Top Lawyer (1)

Ian Kullgren
Ian Kullgren

The federal labor board’s top attorney has made a formal move to revive unions’ ability to win recognition from employers without an election—a monumental change that would move a barrier for unions to organize new workplaces.

In a brief filed Monday, the office of National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo called on the board to reinstate a decades-old legal standard allowing a union to be recognized if a majority of workers sign cards of support. The standard was established in the 1949 Joy Silk Mills decision but fell out of favor by the late 1960s.

If Joy Silk ...