RC/ RD/ RM/ UD CAMPAIGNS
RC: Representation Petition – Employees or a union may file a petition for a representation election (RC) after collecting signatures from at least 30% of workers in the potential bargaining unit. Petitions that are not withdrawn or dismissed result in an NLRB-conducted election.
RM: Recognition of Majority – An employer may file a petition for an election (RM) under certain circumstances to determine support for a new union or to determine whether there is continuing support for an incumbent union. A majority of votes decides the outcome.
UD: Union Deauthorization – You (or someone you know) may work under a contract that requires employees to “join” a union or pay dues or fees to a union as a condition of employment. However, employees can call for a special election to get rid of a “union security cause” and ensure they’re no longer forced to pay union dues. This is called a “deauthorization election” because employees “deauthorize” the forced-unionism clause and remove it from the contract.
RD: Decertification Petition – Employees may file a petition for decertification (RD) if they believe support for a union has diminished, after collecting signatures from at least 30% of workers in a unit. A majority of votes decides the outcome.