April 18, 2016
By Labor News Services & WNYLT Staff
Washington, DC — President Obama warned them and earlier this week made good on his promise to veto a Republican attempt to block a government Labor Agency’s Rules aimed at speeding up the time it takes to Unionize Workers.
The new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rules take effect on April 14th and will make it harder for employers to hinder Union Elections by withholding Workers’ names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mails from Unions, and filing frivolous lawsuits as a means to intimidate Workers.
According to Reuters via The Huffington Post, the rules shorten the period between a Union filing a petition to represent Workers and an election, from the current median of 38 days to as little as 14 days.
The rules will make it easier for Workers to Unionize, so – as you would expect, the Republicans in House of Representatives and the Senate approved a resolution this month to stop it.
But Obama wasn’t having it, and used his second veto of the year, and the fourth of his presidency, to stand by Workers, saying at a press conference that the new rules were “common sense, modest changes to streamline the voting process for folks who wanted to join a Union.”
Unions are responsible for establishing many things we take for granted, such as the 40-hour work week, weekends off, child labor laws, lunch breaks, sick leave, paid vacations, worker’s compensation, and fair and decent wages.