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April 3, 2015

President Vetoes Legislation To Overturn Ambush Elections Rule

Last Tuesday President Barack Obama vetoed a resolution passed by the House and Senate that would have nullified the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “ambush elections” rule. (See President Obama’s remarks about the rule here.) 

The veto was not unexpected, but it means a suit brought by the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and other groups is the final chance to stop this rule from taking effect. The CDW, of which MSCI is a member, and NAM are hoping the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will act on the suit before the rule takes effect. (You can learn more about CDW’s lawsuit here.) 

The “ambush elections” rule takes effect on April 14, 2015. The NRLB is offering seminars to labor unions about this rule, which is one reason MSCI continues to encourage its members to read the NRLB’s fact sheet outlining the changes required by this rule. Employers must be prepared for this rule, which is sure to result in an increase in petitions for union elections. A detailed Power Point presentation the NLRB is using in its training sessions. is available here.