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NLRB Declines to Make It Easier to Withdraw Union Recognition

April 29, 2021


The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided on April 21 it would retain a long-standing policy that makes voting out unions difficult for employees: the contract-bar doctrine.

The contract-bar doctrine states that once an employer and a union agree to a collective bargaining agreement, the employer, employees or any other union cannot challenge the union’s status as a majority representative until either the collective bargaining agreement expires or three years pass, whichever is earlier, noted Josh Nadreau, an attorney with Fisher Phillips in Boston.

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