March 18, 2015

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Health Care Providers Prepare for the NLRB's Perfect Storm – Quickie Elections and Micro Bargaining Units

On April 14, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") will be implementing a rule to dramatically speed up Union elections, reducing the waiting period between an election petition's filing and the vote itself (in many cases from 2-3 months to 2-3 weeks). If implemented, the "quickie election rule" (or "ambush election rule") will cause employers to lose most of their opportunity to educate themselves and their employees as to the effects of unionization. With high employee head counts across multiple shifts, medical providers could be among the organizations most impacted by this change.

Combined with the NLRB's recent policies and decisions which allow Unions to represent micro-bargaining units, at times consisting of a few employees on a given shift, it is more important than ever for health care providers to be prepared for possible Union organizing campaigns. Polsinelli attorneys will discuss how waiting until a representation petition is filed can place an employer at a significant disadvantage, and provide best practices to prepare for a potentially unsettled future in labor relations.


Additional topics of discussion:

  • A brief history leading up to the new "ambush election rule", scheduled for implementation next month
  • A review of the NLRB's Specialty Healthcare decision pertaining to micro-bargaining units: how it has been interpreted over the past few years, and the outlook for the future
  • The "doomsday" scenario of a "quickie election" in a non-traditional bargaining unit consisting of only a few employees on one particular shift or floor, and how it could play out
  • Tips on how employers can prepare themselves now for a Union organizing campaign



  • Robert E. Entin, Shareholder, Polsinelli
  • Scott M. Gilbert, Shareholder, Polsinelli
  • Mark D. Nelson, Shareholder, Polsinelli


This webinar was previously recorded on March 18, 2015.  To view the full invitation and for more information, click here.