As expected, on March 31 President Obama vetoed legislation passed recently by the House and Senate that would have overturned the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “ambush” election rule. The NLRB’s rule would have shorten to as few as 14 days -- down from the current median period of 38 days -- the period of time between a union filing a petition for election and the election itself.
NMHC/NAA will continue to advocate for overturning the rule because this shortened period would deny multifamily employers due process rights, and the ability to communicate with their employees, before an election. Employees would hear about the prospect of rising wages and benefits from organizers, but employers might be unable to respond during a shortened election period.
“Because this resolution seeks to undermine a streamlined democratic process that allows American workers to freely choose to make their voices heard, I cannot support it,” said President Obama in a statement.
Given the likelihood that President Obama’s veto will be sustained, the ambush election rule’s fate will be decided in the courts where two sets of business groups have filed lawsuits. The rule is expected to take effect on April 14 barring judicial action.
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