The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) by a vote of 2 to 1 this week advanced a proposal that would speed up union elections by shortening procedures and the deadline for holding elections after employees request a vote.

Critics of the proposal point out that the plan gives companies less time to make their case to employees, while labor leaders complain that the changes are too modest.  An earlier proposal would have included more comprehensive changes, such as requiring employers to give worker contact information to union organizers.