The measure aimed to roll back a December NLRB final rule that would allow elections on whether to form a union to occur in as little as 10 days from the presentation of valid petitions, which is an acceleration from the current average of 31 days after petition submission. Following the defeat of the joint resolution of disapproval, which federal law allows Congress to use to stop a federal agency from implementing recent rules or regulations, the rule will take effect April 30.
The American Hospital Association supported efforts to block the rule change.
“By effectively shortening the time period for a representation election, the NLRB rule does not provide sufficient time for employees to make a well-informed decision,” Richard Pollack, executive vice president of the AHA, and Stephanie Drake, executive director of the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration, wrote in an April 23 joint letter to the sponsor of the blocking legislation.
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said the NLRB rule is an effort “to circumvent the legislative branch of government and tip the scales in favor of unions through rule and regulation because they could not pass this measure on the floor of the Senate.”
Separately, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has sued the NLRB to stop the union vote regulation.