The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia at 5 p.m. Friday, April 27, denied a motion to block the implementation of "quickie" union election rules promulgated by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), so the rules will go into effect as planned, today, April 30.

The court indicated it would issue a full ruling by May 15, which is two days earlier than the first union organizing vote can be held under the new rules (which establish a minimum waiting period of 17 days).

The Court's Order reads: “As the parties discussed in a conference call with the Court at 5:00 p.m. on April 27, the Court ORDERS that Plaintiffs’ Motion is DENIED. Any injury to Plaintiffs is not irreparable because the Court will issue its Memorandum Opinion on the merits by May 15, which date will precede any potential election under the new rule. Signed by Judge James E. Boasberg on 4/28/2012.”