The National Labor Relations Board as a political hot potato shows no signs of cooling off anytime soon.
Senate Republicans on Monday introduced a motion of disapproval that would overturn the labor agency’s recent move to allow what critics call “ambush elections” that would make it easier to install unions at a workplace. The vote will be held Tuesday afternoon.
“This vote’s an opportunity to tell the NLRB to reverse course,” said Sen. Michael B. Enzi, Wyoming Republican, who introduced the measure. “This resolution will not disadvantage unions or roll back any rights. What it will do is prevent the small businesses across America from being ambushed and employees from being misled.”
It’s the most recent attempt by Republicans to rein in what some consider an overreaching NLRB.
Earlier this month, a federal judge in South Carolina ruled against the agency’s proposed rule that would have required private companies to hang posters in the workplace notifying employees of their right to unionize.
“The legislative history of this act supports a finding that Congress did not intend to impose a universal notice-posting requirement on employers, nor did it authorize the board to do so,” wrote District Judge David C. Norton, who was appointed to the bench in Charleston by President George Herbert Walker Bush.
They collected 45 signatures from Senate members on a petition to bring their anti-“ambush election” resolution, S.J. Res. 36, to the floor.
Debate began Monday, and is expected to conclude Tuesday.
Republicans contend the ambush-election rule, which could speed up union elections from an average of 38 days after a petition is filed to as little as 10 days, would disadvantage companies and prevent employees from hearing both sides.
“It’s time to stop this agency and level the odds,” Mr. Enzi said. “They’re abusing their authority.”
But Democrats say the NLRB rule is necessary to overcome union busters who scare employees away from organizing. The rule would create “an environment free of intimidation.”
“These attacks on this modest rule, I think, go right after the intelligence of the working American,” he said.View Entire Story
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Tim Devaney is a national reporter who covers business and international trade for The Washington Times. Previously, he worked for the Detroit News, Grand Rapids Press, Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News. Tim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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