Mike O'Connor Rule Law and Legal Definition

Mike O'Connor Rule is a rule related to Labor law. It is the doctrine that unilateral changes that an employer makes after a union victory in an initial representation election. But before the employer's objections have been resolved they are automatic violations of the National Labor Relations Act if the employer's objections are rejected. If the employer's objections are sustained, any failure to bargain charge will be dismissed because the employer had no duty to bargain. However, if the employer's objections are rejected, the employer is considered to have been under a duty to bargain as of the date of the election, which is why the unilateral changes are automatic violations of the Act.