Bills Rolling Back ‘Ambush’ Election Rule Introduced

Earlier this week, Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), chairman of the Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee, introduced legislation that would roll back the ‘Ambush’ Election rule. The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 2776) would allow a workplace vote on unionizing no earlier than 35 days after authorization. The legislation would also require that the vote must involve the entire workplace; not just part of it. This addresses another change the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made in the Specialty Healthcare case, which permitted so-called “micro-units” of a workforce to unionize.

Also introduced this week was the Employee Privacy Protection Act (H.R. 2775), which would roll back the part of the ‘Ambush’ rule requiring employers to give unions seeking to organize their business’ workers contact information, regardless of whether the employees authorized it. Sponsored by Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), the bill requires businesses to provide only one form of personal contact information, chosen by the employee, in writing. A fact sheet on H.R. 2775 can be found here and one for H.R. 2776 can be found here.