NLRB Union Elections And Win Rates Fall In FY 2018


Unions are engaging in nearly 50 percent fewer NLRB elections than they were ten years ago. That does not bode well for the movement as a whole.

For employers who track these sorts of things: there is some good news…and some bad news for you.

First, the good news:

According to National Labor Relations Board data, unions filed nearly 140 fewer elections to unionize employers in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 (1055 RC elections) than they did in FY 2017 (1193 RC Petitions). [See data below.]

By comparison, in FY 2008, the NLRB conducted over 2000 elections.

On top of that, union win rates declined from 71 percent in FY 2017 to 69 percent in FY 2018.

Now, the bad news: It does not look like the NLRB’s quickie (or ambush) elections are going away anytime soon.

Election data for FY 2018:

Election data for FY 2017:


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