The NLRB’s controversial “quickie” election rule is now in effect for cases filed after April 14th. A union election can now take place in as little as 13 days. With this truncated process, employers should consider taking the following steps  to  prepare  for  a potential petition: (1) provide training to  management  and  supervisors regarding  the importance of maintaining effective and positive relationships with employees, (2) prepare a campaign calendar that includes a communication strategy and draft communications, (3) begin to outline potential bargaining unit issues, like whether separate locations can be considered integrated and whether any job classification can be deemed to share a “community of interest,” and (4) consider gathering and compiling the required workforce information now so that it will be easier to collect if faced with a petition.