March 8, 2015

U.S. Senate Votes To Nullify NLRB Ambush Elections Rule

Despite a White House veto treat, the U.S. Senate voted last Wednesday to use the Congressional Review Act to nullify the National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush elections” rule. 

As Connecting the Dots readers know, this rule would shorten the time in which a union election can take place to as little as 14 days and would also require employers to hand over employees’ personal information, including cell phone numbers and email addresses, to union representatives. (Read more about the rule here and check to see how your U.S. senators voted on this matter here.) 

The U.S. House is expected to act on the Congressional Review Act (CRA) nullification soon. MSCI encourages its members to call their representatives to ask them to support efforts to use the CRA to stop the NLRB’s “ambush elections” rule. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) also has a website MSCI members can use to send a notice to their members of Congress registering their opposition to this rule. Register here to gain access to that website and then click the “Take Action” portion of the website to go to the “ambush elections” letter. 

NAM is also challenging this rule in the U.S. courts. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is expected to start deliberating on the suit at the beginning of April. NAM hopes the court will have a decision by April 14, the day the rule takes effect.