Senate votes to kill NLRB rule that speeded votes on union representation (Read More…)
By Andrew Taylor March 4
The Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday voted 53 to 46 to kill a National Labor Relations Board rule reducing the time between a union’s request for representation and a vote by workers on it.
President Obama has threatened to veto the measure, and the Senate vote indicates that supporters are far from the two-thirds majority that would be needed to override him.
“This is why we call it the ‘ambush election’ rule — because if this rule goes into effect, after a union has had months to build its case in its favor, a business will only have a few days to respond,” said Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.). “That is only a few days to figure out what union officials have told employees to determine if there are any misstatements, falsehoods or misconceptions.”
“Workers deserve the right to organize without needless delays of months or even years before they get to cast a vote,” said Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.). “They deserve a union election process that cannot be manipulated to gain unfair advantage. They deserve a process that is clear and efficient, not one that is bogged down with time-consuming, needless bureaucratic procedures.”
The new rule would also give unions the e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of workers to more easily communicate with them in advance of a vote.
The Senate vote took place under a rarely used law that limits debate on congressional attempts to reject agency rules, and bars opponents from stalling a final vote.
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