Tomorrow may be a game-changing day for labor policy in America. The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094) is expected to come to the House floor for a vote. On the same day, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is scheduled to vote on whether to advance a controversial proposal to change union election rules.
In June, the NLRB announced plans to cut the amount of time allotted to employers and workers in union elections. Under the new rules, employers would have only seven days to prepare a case for an NLRB hearing, while workers would have as little as 10 days to decide whether to join a union or not.
To prevent the NLRB from passing these “ambush election” rules, U.S. Rep. John Kline (R-MN) drafted the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act. This bill would ensure that the union election process guarantees fair periods of preparation and deliberation for employers and unions. Both the House vote on Rep. Kline’s bill and the NLRB vote on its proposed rules are scheduled for tomorrow.