Small Business Cheers as Measure to Block NLRB Ambush Rule Moves to President’s Desk

Date: March 19, 2015

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Small Business Cheers as Measure to Block NLRB Ambush Rule Moves to President’s Desk  
Small Business hopes House action today puts pressure on POTUS to sign resolution striking down NLRB new union election rule. 

Washington, D.C., March 19, 2015 – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today is available for comment regarding the House passage of S.J. Resolution 8, a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to block a new rule giving unions an unfair advantage in labor elections.

“We are extremely pleased that the House passed a measure to block the NLRB’s rule which heavily favors unions,” said NFIB Senior Legal Counsel Elizabeth Milito.  

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently approved a rule that would shorten the time between when a union petition is filed and when a company must allow a union election to take place.  The rule could force an election as soon as two weeks after the business is notified. Previously, business owners had a little over a month to talk to their workers about the consequences of unionizing and make the legal preparations necessary. Earlier this month, the Senate passed the same resolution of disapproval to terminate the “ambush election” rule.  The rule is set to take effect on April 14th

“That tilts the game strongly in favor of the union because the owner has very little time to educate his workers and secure legal counsel to help navigate the process,” Milito said. “The union can plan for weeks, even months, in advance and the owner has to scramble to catch up.”

NFIB sent separate letters to the members of the Senate and House urging them to pass a resolution disapproving the rule under the Congressional Review Act. Now that the Senate and House have both passed resolutions, the measure will be sent to the President’s desk for a final decision. 

“The President will likely veto the measure, but he’ll have to explain publicly and on the record why unions deserve another big advantage over small business owners,” said Milito.

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