This past December, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a new regulation that will dramatically change the NLRB’s longstanding procedures for elections held to determine whether or not employees want union representation. These proposed changes will create “ambush” elections that are intended to happen quickly as to limit employers’ ability to communicate with employees, and encourage the kind of “back door” union organizing that unions sought to achieve through the deceptively named Employee Free Choice Act. The final ambush election regulation was rushed through the NLRB right before the expiration of controversial Member Craig Becker’s term.
Fortunately, the Congressional Review Act (CRA) establishes special streamlined congressional procedures for disapproving regulations such as the NLRB’s ambush rule. If Congress passes a joint resolution disapproving the NLRB’s ambush rule, and the resolution becomes law, the rule cannot take effect. The CRA is the best way for Congress to rein in the out-of-control NLRB by disapproving this disastrous and job-killing regulation.