On November 18, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that it would be voting on whether to adopt a limited set of new rules affecting union representation elections. The announcement signals a possible retreat from the NLRB's proposed rules, which would have enacted sweeping changes in the administration and timing of representation elections. The vote is scheduled to take place on November 30.
The NLRB's proposed rules generated significant opposition from Republican lawmakers, as well as tens of thousands of public comments. The NLRB's announcement is in response to the criticism and also indicates a concern that the NLRB will lose a quorum on December 31, when member Craig Becker's term expires. The NLRB has not provided any details regarding the substance of the rules that will be subject to the vote.