Judge strikes down union election rules

A federal judge has struck down new regulations that were expected to help unions win more workplace elections.

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg says the National Labor Relations Board never had a quorum when it voted last year to approve regulations to speed up the pace of union representation elections.

Boasberg did not address the merits of the rules Monday and said the NLRB could take a new vote to approve them.

At the time the rules were approved in December, the five-member board only had three members – two Democrats and one Republican. The Republican did not technically participate in a final vote on the rule, even though he later wrote a dissenting opinion.

Federal law requires a quorum of at least three board members to consider new rules.