The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has filed an appeal with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia seeking to overturn an earlier district court decision that the board lacked a quorum when it passed what has come to be know as quickie election rules for union organizing.

The appeal was filed on Aug. 7, 2012, and seeks to overturn the May 14 decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, which was the court that ruled the NLRB lacked a quorum and therefore legal standing to enact the election rules, a ruling which it upheld upon review on July 27. The election rules actually took effect on April 30, but were struck down before the first election under them could be held.

The new election rules would expedite the wait period for union elections from around 40 days to some 16 days while further limiting appeals of the election process itself.