The White House threatened to veto a Senate resolution that would block an impending labor rules change that would allow “ambush elections” by unions in as little as 10 days from when a union files a petition.
Currently, unions and management have an average of 38 days to prepare for an election. The National Labor Relations Board rule shortening that timeframe is supposed to go into effect a week from today.
Sen. Mike Enzi’s disapproval resolution on the new rule is expected to come to the floor for a vote this week. It currently has 44 Republican co-sponsors.
“The Administration strongly opposes passage of S.J. Res. 36, which would overturn recent commonsense measures adopted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to streamline and modernize workplace elections and ensure that workers deciding if they wish to be represented by a union have a fair vote in a reasonable amount of time,” the Office of Management and Budget said in a Statement of Administration Policy.
“The Administration is committed to supporting the right of workers to join and participate in a union and bargain for fair wages, benefits and a safe workplace. These rights are fundamental to better conditions for American workers and to an open, just, economically fair and prosperous society. S.J. Res. 36 attacks these bedrock American values,” it continued. “If the President is presented with a Resolution of Disapproval that would reverse these measures adopted by the NLRB, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the Resolution.”
The underline emphasis on the veto threat was added by the OMB.