Federal Spotlight: Congress takes steps against ambush election rule

February 12, 2015

The U.S. Senate and House have introduced identical Congressional Review Act resolutions (S.J. Res 8 and H.J. Res 29), which, if passed, would formally signal Congressional disapproval of the National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush” election rule. Representatives with the National Association of Manufacturers (or NAM) expect that the resolutions will pass both chambers, but will not be signed by President Obama, which is necessary to overturn the rule. The NAM has sent letters of support to the Senate and the House urging support from lawmakers. The NAM has been a leader in the opposition to the NLRB rule, which among other things compresses the time frame in which labor elections can occur. A vote on the resolutions is expected to occur in March.