Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon this week released a summary of activities for Fiscal Year 2011 . Of special note:
- 91.7% of all initial elections were conducted within 56 days of the filing of the petition.
- Initial elections in union representation elections were conducted in a median of 38 days from the filing of the petition.
- A 93% settlement rate was achieved in the Regional Offices in meritorious unfair labor practice cases.
- The Regional Offices won 87% of Board and Administrative Law Judge unfair labor practice and compliance decisions in whole or in part in FY 2011.
- A total of $60,514,922 was recovered on behalf of employees as backpay or reimbursement of fees, dues, and fines, with 1,644 employees offered reinstatement.
- The Agency exceeded two of its three ambitious overarching goals and came close to achieving the third, closing 84.7% of all representation cases within 100 days (target 85%), 72.5% of all unfair labor practice cases within 120 days (target 71.2%), and 83.2% of all meritorious unfair labor practice cases within 365 days (target 80.2%). The target for each 2011 overarching goal was higher than in FY 2010 and has been increased for FY 2012.
- Agency representatives participated in over 600 outreach events during FY 2011.
In addition, the Agency’s total case intake during FY 2011 was 24,990, compared to 26,585 cases in FY 2010, representing a 5.9% decrease in overall intake. Unfair labor practice case intake was 22,177, a 5.1% decrease from the FY 2010 intake of 23,381. Total representation case intake was 2,813, a 12.2% decrease from the FY 2010 intake of 3,204.
Petitions filed in certification and decertification (RC, RD, and RM) cases decreased 11.2% from 2,969 in FY 2010 to 2,634 in FY 2011. Petitions filed in unit deauthorization, unit amendment and unit clarification (UD, AC and UC) cases decreased by 23.8% from the previous year’s intake, with the filing of 179 petitions in FY 2011 compared to 235 filed in FY 2010.
The working inventory of cases at the end of FY 2011 was 4,421, compared to 4,063 at the end of FY 2010.
“I extend my sincere appreciation to all staff members for their continued hard work and dedication to public service and for the cooperative manner in which they have responded to the priorities in casehandling,” the Acting General Counsel said in releasing the report. “My thanks also to those who practice before us for the cooperation and assistance extended to us in our efforts to administer the Act effectively and efficiently.”