On the day new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rules took effect, dramatically speeding up the union election process, members of both houses of Congress introduced legislation to slow it back down.
On April 14, Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) introduced the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, which would require a minimum of 35 days between the filing of a union election petition and actual voting on union representation.
Under the new NLRB election regime, that process could take as few as 13 days, down from a month or more previously.
Also introduced April 14 was the Employee Privacy Protection Act, which takes aim at a provision of the NLRB rules requiring employers to turn over the names of employees eligible to vote in a union representation election, as well as all contact information an employer might have. The legislation would give employers seven days to provide names and allow employees to authorize release of one piece of contact information, such as a phone number or email address.
Neither bill is likely to be enacted, as President Obama vetoed an earlier legislative attempt to scuttle the NLRB rules.