The National Labor Relations Board has scheduled at least two public meetings to address the controversial re-proposal of a rule that would make significant amendments to the union representation election process. After the so-called “ambush” election rule was first proposed in June 2011, the NLRB similarly held a series of contentious public meetings, during which a number of speakers voiced their concerns about the rule’s repercussions. History is expected to repeat itself on April 10 and 11, when the new meetings are scheduled. 

According to a notice to be published in tomorrow’s Federal Register, the meetings will take place in the Margaret A. Browning Hearing Room (Room 11000), National Labor Relations Board, 1099 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20570, starting at 9:30 a.m.  Parties who want to speak at the event must submit a Request to Speak, and those who want to watch the proceedings must submit a Request to Attend, which must be received by the Board no later than March 31, 2014. Information about these requests is described in detail in the Federal Register notice.  Topics to be discussed during the meetings include petitions and pre-hearing issues; pre-election hearings; voter eligibility lists; requests for review; timing of elections; post-election hearings; and other post-election procedures.  Specific questions per topic are included in the Federal Register notice. 

The agency notes that additional meetings might be scheduled for April 8 and/or 9, 2014.