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NRCA issues a statement about the U.S. Senate's approval today of Senate Joint Resolution 8

NRCA applauds the U.S. Senate's approval today of Senate Joint Resolution 8, a Resolution of Disapproval of a major regulation issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that will greatly accelerate the time frame for union organizing elections. The Senate approved the resolution, which NRCA supported, on a vote of 53-46; a simple majority (51) of votes was needed for passage.

NRCA has long opposed the NLRB regulation, which was first issued in 2011, because of concerns that it will result in expedited union organizing elections in as few as 14 to 21 days. Such a short time frame for an election would preclude the opportunity for informed dialogue between employers and employees on collectively bargained issues. NRCA represents union and open-shop contractors and supports policies that maintain an equitable balance in labor-management relations.

The resolution now goes to the House for consideration, probably late this month, where it is expected to pass. Adoption of the resolution under the seldom-used Congressional Review Act would nullify the NLRB regulation, preventing it from being implemented. However, President Obama is expected to veto the resolution, allowing the regulation to become effective on April 14 as currently scheduled.

NRCA is supporting litigation that recently was filed by the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace challenging the NLRB regulation. The lawsuit alleges the regulation violates the National Labor Relations Act by curtailing an employer's right to communicate with employees. Court action on the lawsuit is expected in the near future.



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