Quickie Elections – The Newest Labor Weapon

Hypothetically let’s say I sell fire insurance.  There is no harder sell in the world than going door to door and asking homeowners “Is your house going to catch fire?”  The answer is rarely, “Yes, why yes it is?”  The response is typically, “All good here”, “We’ve got smoke alarms”, “We’ve got a sprinkler system installed” and my favorite “The alarm did go off once but we haven’t had a fire in over 20 years”.

Why should I spend money on something that may not ever happen?


Because unions are fire and Ambush Elections are bringing the heat.

Because your business is your house and your employees are your family.

Because my other hypothetical business is a construction company to rebuild your “house” after the union burns it to the ground.

Insurance or in my case, labor relations education is the best preventative measure to stop a union flare up and it’s the cheapest, too.

Did you want to buy a policy or take out a construction loan?

Back in the day, you did actually have some time to react should a union baring a torch approach your business, but effective April 14, 2015 “Flash Fires” or Quickie Elections will be the union’s newest weapon.  If you are not already familiar with this, then you might want to move the oily rags away from the water heater.

From the time a petition is filed, an election could be scheduled and held in as little as 13 days to 22 days.  Here’s an example of how this could play out:

Day 0 – Petition filed and served same day along with Notice of Hearing
Day 7 – Statement of Position due
Day 8 – Hearing held (eight days from service of Notice of Hearing)
Day 9 – DDE issued and Notices of Election served
Day 11 – Excelsior list due
Day 12 – Notice of Election posting period ends (commenced on Day 10)
Day 13 – Election held (if union waives the 10 days for having the Excelsior list)
Day 22 – Election held (if union does not waive the 10 days for the Excelsior list)

UnionProof.com, the leader in labor relations education, has your insurance policy in the form of the Ultimate Defense Kit.  An economical solution of 5 DVDs featuring: the Essentials on Organizing, Bargaining, Strikes, Job Security and a Union-Specific 25th Hour video.  The beauty of the Ultimate Defense Kit is you can educate your employees on fire safety long before the alarm sounds or you can keep it nearby like a fire extinguisher to utilize at a moment’s notice.

Either way, you are educated, you are protected, and you are the hero.

About the author

Walter Orechwa

Walter is Projections’ CEO and the founder of UnionProof & A Better Leader. As the creator of Union Proof Certification, Walter provides expert advice, highly effective employee communication resources and ongoing learning opportunities for Human Resources and Labor Relations professionals.