Information Disclosure and the Union Representation Election


In its oversight of union representation elections, the National Labor Relations Board seeks to create “laboratory conditions” to determine “the uninhibited desires” of employees. Despite the Board’s intrusive regulation of union and employer campaign conduct, the Board does nothing to insure that employees get basic information relating to their decision. Given the flaws in the market for union representation, particularly with respect to conflicts of interest, the Board should take a more aggressive role in ensuring that employees get the information they need to make rational representation decisions. This Article proposes a new system of mandatory disclosure, modeled on disclosure regimes such as in federal securities regulation, in order to ferret out fraud, provide employees with critical information, and restore worker confidence in unions.


Economics | Labor and Employment Law | Law and Economics

Date of this Version

March 2006