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Union Elections Proceed by Mail Despite Employer Calls for Pause

May 5, 2020, 2:31 PM

Federal labor board officials have largely rejected pleas from businesses over the last two months to pause union election proceedings because of the Covid-19 pandemic, opting instead to proceed with mail ballots in most cases.

In a series of instances in which the National Labor Relations Board had been petitioned to administer a unionization election, employers, unions, and workers asked the agency about whether and how the process should proceed, given shelter-in-place and social-distancing orders.

Unions and workers say the board can rely on mail-in ballots and electronic hearings to carry on its normal business during the pandemic. Businesses have ...