In December, we wrote about how a new "quickie election rule" that’s designed to accelerate the union election process could mean increased union activity in 2015. Before this new rule, the typical time between a union petition and an election was 38 days. The NLRB’s controversial quickie election rule significantly reduces that time. It has now been over a month since the rule went into effect and, according to the NLRB, the time between a petition and an election has dropped to just 23 days across the nation. Locally, the average time between a petition and election fell to 26 days. That’s not all. The number of election petitions filed after the rule went into effect jumped by 32 percent. For suggestions on steps employers can take to prepare for potential petitions, check out our May article on the topic