Tuesday, May 5, 2009

NLRB Election Statistics

NLRB BNA's Daily Labor Report (subscription required) has released its analysis of NLRB election data for 2008.  Among the findings, according to the DLR:

  • The union win rate increased to 66.8 percent in 2008, up from 60.4 percent the year before. (The highest win rate since 1955, which was 67.6 percent).
  • NLRB conducted 1,579 elections in 2008, compared with 1,519 in 2007. In 1998, about 3,300 elections were conducted by the agency. The number of elections won by unions also increased, to 1,054 in 2008 from 918 the year before.
It's hard to say if these numbers show anything meaningful.  I find the win rate interesting and it could be the result of unions looking better in bad economic times, but there could be any number of other reasons (or no reason more than a statistical blip) responsible as well.

-JH

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If below 50% it would be catastrophic but if its 66% its a blip?

Posted by: JR | May 6, 2009 7:05:19 AM

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