In an unsurprising move, earlier today President Obama vetoed a measure put forward by House and Senate Republicans under the auspices of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that would have invalidated the National Labor Relations Board’s “quickie election” procedures. The rules, set to take effect in about two weeks, could shrink the period from the filing of an election petition to a union vote to as short as two weeks. Among other things, the rules will also force employers to turn employee phone numbers and email addresses over to union organizers.
In a short statement, President Obama refuted Republicans’ sharp criticisms of the rules, contending instead that the Board’s action constitutes no more than “modest reforms”:
“Unions historically have been at the forefront of establishing things like the 40-hour work week, the weekend, child labor laws, fair benefits and decent wages,” Obama said at a press conference.
The Board has yet to comment on President Obama’s veto. However, Minnesota Congressman John Kline opined that the rules will “stifle employer free speech.”
As we have noted previously on this blog, the new rules still face challenges in U.S. District Courts. Those cases are currently being litigated.
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