Obama Vetoes Overturn of Ambush Elections Rule

The March 31 decision by President Barack Obama to veto the overturn of U.S. National Labor Relations Board’s representation of case rule, also known as ambush elections, did not surprise many business owners. Now the length of time in which a labor union certification election is held — currently a median 38 days — can shrink to as little as 11 days.

Here is an excerpt from Obama’s comments: “Workers need a strong voice in the workplace and the economy to protect and grow our nation’s middle class. Unions have played a vital role in giving workers that voice, allowing workers to organize together for higher wages, better working conditions, and the benefits and protections that most workers take for granted today. Workers deserve a level playing field that lets them freely choose to make their voices heard, and this requires fair and streamlined procedures for determining whether to have unions as their bargaining representative. Because this resolution seeks to undermine a streamlined democratic process that allows American workers to freely choose to make their voices heard, I cannot support it.” See the full version.

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