Congress Ends NLRB Rule, Veto Likely
House Republicans on Thursday struck down a labor board rule which critics say unfairly benefit unions.
The National Labor Relations Board rule, which was finalized in December, shortens the length of time in which a labor union certification election is held from the current median of 38 days to as little as 11 days.
Calling it the “ambush election” rule, critics argue it will deprive employees time to fully understand the impact of unionizing before they have to vote. Earlier this month, the Senate also voted on a resolution to stop the rule.
“Congress voted to stop an unelected board of bureaucrats from trampling on the rights of America’s workers and job creators,” Rep. John Kline, chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, declared after the vote. “The board’s ambush election rule will stifle employer free speech, cripple worker free choice, and jeopardize the privacy of workers and their families.”
“The House and Senate have firmly rejected this radical scheme. I urge the president to put away his veto pen, and stand with workers and employers by supporting this important resolution,” Kline added.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka argued the resolution to end the NLRB rule will hurt workers. Many labor unions have supported the rule since it was announced.
“Working men and women want an agenda from their Congressional leaders that raises wages and grows our middle class,” Trumka declared in a statement. “Instead, they have gotten Republican policies that roll back progress and silence workers while protecting their biggest donors.”
“President Obama is right in his commitment to vetoing this harmful legislation, and Congressional Republicans should focus their efforts on lifting workers up instead of shutting them out,” he added.
However, others in the business community are praising Republican lawmakers for blocking the rule. Geoff Burr, vice president of Government Affairs at Associated Builders and Contractors, argued the rule benefits unions at the expense of employers and employees.
“We are encouraged by today’s vote in the House led by Chairman Kline and urge President Obama to support this resolution, which will take a big step toward protecting both the due process rights of employers and the privacy rights of employees,” Burr said in a statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
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