On April 6, 2022, the Nationwide Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) issued a press release recognizing the shockingly massive surge in new union organizing. Particularly, throughout the first half of Fiscal Yr 2022 (October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022), the NLRB reported that union illustration petitions elevated by 57%.
Representation petitions are filed by workers and unions requesting that the NLRB conduct an election to find out whether or not workers want to be represented by a union.
NLRB Common Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo acknowledged that “there is a surge in labor activity nationwide, with workers organizing and filing petitions for more union elections than they have in the last ten years.”
This rise in exercise, nevertheless, is accompanied by “critical funding and staffing shortages” for the NLRB, which makes addressing the great amount of union petitions a tough feat to beat. Though the NLRB is about to obtain a brand new Congressional funding appropriation in Fiscal Yr 2023, the NLRB claims this may increasingly not totally handle staffing wants since “more than three-quarters (77%) of the NLRB’s budget goes directly to staffing costs.”
Common Counsel Abruzzo famous the dire scenario, stating that whereas the NLRB stays dedicated to processing petitions and different issues which can be offered to the Board, “the NLRB needs a significant increase of funds to fully effectuate the mission of the Agency.”