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Senate Votes to Overturn the NLRB “Ambush Election” Rule

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The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution (S.J. Res. 8) to overturn the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) “Ambush Election” rule.  The resolution was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and passed on a 53-46 vote.

“IEC applauds the Senate’s efforts to reverse the NLRB’s attempts to unnecessarily expedite union elections,” says Jason Todd, IEC’s Vice President of Government Affairs.  “Such a rule deprives electrical contractors and their employees the time needed to appropriately address the pros and cons of union representation.”

For the resolution to take effect, the House of Representatives will have to pass the identical bill (H. J. Res. 29) and then be signed by the President. The resolution would nullify the NLRB rule that is currently set to go into effect on April 14, 2015. Under the rule, election for union certification could be held in as little as 10 days, giving electrical contractors little time to prepare and educate its employees.

A lawsuit is also pending in D.C. Federal District Court filed by the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, of which IEC is a founding member, to halt implementation of the ambush election policy.