Respond to a Union Representation Petition

When to Use This Workflow

Use this Respond to a Union Representation Petition workflow to determine how to respond to a union's petition to unionize a group of employees in the workplace. The workflow also assists an employer in preparing for a union representation election in the event the petition is not dismissed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), a union organization or employee(s) has the right to file a petition with the NLRB in order to form a bargaining unit (union) in a workplace. Under the rules established by the NLRB, the employer must adhere to a tight and strict procedural timeline in order to properly respond to a union petition. In addition, an employer is required to take certain steps when confronted with a union representation election.

This workflow is a valuable tool for an employer to ensure that it takes the necessary steps during the process. Following the steps in the workflow will enable an employer to respond to a union petition in a lawful and timely manner as well as help an employer understand its rights and responsibilities.

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