Washington, D.C., April 23, 2012 – This week, the Senate is expected to vote on S.J. Res 36, the Joint Resolution of Disapproval to the NLRB Ambush Election Rule. The resolution would protect workers’ rights by preventing what are known as “ambush elections.” The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s labor policy analysts will score the Senate vote and incorporate it into CEI’s Congressional Labor Policy Scorecard, which is maintained and updated on WorkplaceChoice.org. The scorecard reflects congressional voting records on all significant legislation affecting worker rights.
In addition to joining with over 25 conservative and free market organizations urging Senators to vote for the resolution, CEI will give a favorable score to Senators who protect workers and vote for S.J. Res 36.
In December the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a rule to expedite unionization elections to as little as 10 days from the average of about a month. This “ambush election rule” allows union bosses—who in most cases have secretly campaigned for months—to spring elections on workers and employers before either has a fair chance to learn their rights. Job creators are left with little time to explain their views to employees.