As most of you are aware, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently issued a rule changing the process for representation election proceedings.  The rule changes essentially accelerate the process and is a favorable change for unions.  This is the second time the NLRB has attempted to implement this new representation election rule.  The last time the NLRB attempted to implement the rule (2011), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit that ultimately resulted in the rule being rescinded due to technical issues in how the NLRB adopted the rule.  Now that the NLRB has reintroduced the rule, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has filed suit again in an attempt to block the implementation of the rule.  This time around the rule will need to be challenged on its merits because the technical issue from the 2011 implementation will not be an issue.  These challenges will resolve around due process, freedom of speech, and the intent of the National Labor Relations Act.  Stay tuned as the litigation proceeds forward.  The rule is set to take effect on April 1.