The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) welcomed the introduction of Resolutions of Disapproval under the Congressional Review Act in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, which would overturn a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision that dramatically shortens the election period before a unionization vote.
“We applaud the introduction of these resolutions and urge that Congress act quickly to pass them in order to protect the rights of workers. These resolutions overturn an ill-conceived NLRB decision that would deny employees access to critical information and time to consider the issues at hand prior to entering the voting booth in a union election,” said Katherine Lugar, executive vice president for public affairs.
The NLRB’s own statistics show that the average time from petition to election is 31 days. Estimates suggest that the NLRB’s ambush election decision could reduce that time to as little as 14 days, denying employees accesses to information from both sides before making their decision.
The legislation was introduced today by Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Representatives John Kline (R-MN), Phil Roe (R-IL) and Phil Gingrey (R-GA).
The resolutions introduced today rely upon the Congressional Review Act to overturn the Ambush Elections decision. Unlike typical bills that require a supermajority of 60 votes in the Senate, the Congressional Review Act would require only a simple 51-vote majority to pass and would be considered under expedited procedures.
RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.