Obama Vetoes Congressional Resolution to Block NLRB Rule Speeding Up Union Elections

The National Labor Relations Board can go ahead with its rule shortening the time between union recognition petitions and elections, following today’s veto by President Obama of a congressional resolution to block the rule.

The rule, which opponents dub the “ambush rule,” would shorten the time in which a union certification election is held from the current median of 38 days to as little as 11.

Congressional Republicans were having nothing of that, charging that this would too little time to mount campaigns to convince employees not to unionize.

“Workers deserve a level playing field that lets them freely choose to make their voices heard, and this requires fair and streamlined procedures for determining whether to have unions as their bargaining representative.” Obama said in his veto message. “Because this resolution seeks to undermine a streamlined democratic process that allows American workers to freely choose to make their voices heard, I cannot support it.”

The Senate voted down the rule earlier this month.


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