As we predicted ($$), the Senate yesterday passed a resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) disapproving of the National Labor Relations Board’s “quickie election” rules. The quickie election rules, which the Board passed in December, would allow a labor union to hold an election in as little as 11 days after the Board receives an election petition.
While the Senate was expressing its disapproval of the quickie election rules, the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions held a hearing on the exact same issue. During the hearing, Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) stated his annoyance with the disapproval proceedings:
“This myth of this 10- or 11-day election is much like the myth of the Loch Ness monster or Bigfoot,” Rep. Pocan said. “Some people believe in it, but, you know, most of us don’t and we have opinions on those who do.”
But other lawmakers took issue with one of the new rules that requires employers to provide the union with an employee’s telephone number and email address. Representative Bradley Bryne argued that such a disclosure requirement amounted to an invasion of an employee’s privacy.
Most likely, the House will vote to disapprove of the quickie election rules as the Senate did yesterday. If and when that happens, the disapproval measure will go to President Obama’s desk, where it will promptly be vetoed (most likely).
However, President Obama’s desk is not the end of the road in the quickie election rules fight. As we have reported previously, several trade groups have filed suit seeking to torpedo the rules.
More on this story can be found here:
- Senate votes to kill labor board rule-ABC News
- Senate votes to block union election rule-The Hill
- White House threatens to veto Senate labor board measure-Reuters