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    Obama vetoes Republican bid to block union election rules

    Obama vetoes Republican bid to block union election rules | Reuters

    (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday vetoed a measure by Republicans in Congress that would have blocked a government labor agency's rules designed to speed up the time it takes to unionize workers.

    The rules would shorten the period between a union filing a petition to represent workers and an election, from the current median of 38 days to as little as 14 days. Employers would be required to share workers' names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses with unions.

    The National Labor Relations Board adopted the rules last year and they are set to take effect April 14.

    Was wondering when the next time the veto pen would get dipped in the ink.

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    Re: Obama vetoes Republican bid to block union election rules

    Quote Originally Posted by SlevinKelevra View Post
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    Was wondering when the next time the veto pen would get dipped in the ink.
    "Employers would be required to share workers' names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses with unions."

    Seems like a violation of privacy laws.
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    Re: Obama vetoes Republican bid to block union election rules

    The only part of these "rules" that I have a problem with is:

    Employers would be required to share workers' names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses with unions.
    I wouldn't want my employer disclosing this personal (personnel?) information to anyone.
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    Re: Obama vetoes Republican bid to block union election rules

    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    "Employers would be required to share workers' names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses with unions."

    Seems like a violation of privacy laws.
    I had no idea about this issue, but it seems some are not happy about it.

    On December 15, 2014, the Federal Register published the Board's final rule governing the filing and processing of petitions relating to the representation of employees for purposes of collective bargaining. The rule will dramatically shorten the time between the filing of a certification petition and the conduct of an NLRB secret ballot election. It is set to become effective April 14, 2015, although the Chamber of Commerce and other organizations have filed suit in federal court in the District of Columbia asking the court to vacate the rule.

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    Two Board members, Philip A. Miscimarra and Harry I. Johnson, III, dissented from the Board’s final rule, citing, among other problems, its destructive effect on employers’ and employees’ ability to communicate among themselves regarding the prospect of a union in the workplace. “The Final Rule has become the Mount Everest of regulations: Massive in scale and unforgiving in its effect," the dissenters wrote. "The Rule's primary purpose and effect remain . . . : Initial union representation elections must occur as soon as possible." As a result, the dissenters asserted that "[t]he Rule improperly shortens the time needed for employees to understand relevant issues, compelling them to 'vote now, understand later.'"

    The NLRB rule, also known as the “quickie election” rule or the "ambush election" rule, eliminates pre-election evidentiary hearings and requests for review and defers decision on virtually all issues relating to appropriateness of units and voter eligibility now decided at the pre-election stage. The new rule also expands the personal information relating to employees which employers are required to disclose to unions in voter eligibility lists known as “Excelsior lists.” Specifically, the Board will require that both telephone numbers, including mobile phone numbers, and email addresses, if available, be included along with employees’ names and addresses. In addition, the NLRB will require that the employer disclose the employee’s work location, shift, and classification.
    Final NLRB "Ambush Election" Rule Will Boost Union Organizing | The National Law Review

    That is from the National Law review...a little right, but the quotes from the dissenters and the law suit are interesting.
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    Re: Obama vetoes Republican bid to block union election rules

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    The only part of these "rules" that I have a problem with is:



    I wouldn't want my employer disclosing this personal (personnel?) information to anyone.
    Including your cell phone. I bet being on the Do Not Call list doesn't help.
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    Re: Obama vetoes Republican bid to block union election rules

    [liberal propagandist mode]President of No[/liberal propogandist mode]

    About what I expected from him for his final two years given his stance immediately following the election.
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    Re: Obama vetoes Republican bid to block union election rules

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    [liberal propagandist mode]President of No[/liberal propogandist mode]

    About what I expected from him for his final two years given his stance immediately following the election.
    Doing what his constituents elected him to do? Yeah. Me too.
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    Re: Obama vetoes Republican bid to block union election rules

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    Doing what his constituents elected him to do? Yeah. Me too.
    Like the Republicans?
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    Re: Obama vetoes Republican bid to block union election rules

    Not sure if the board has a full quorum being a five member board. Supreme Court ruled in Jan. 2013 appointments were made illegally. Haven't heard of any new appointments made.

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    Re: Obama vetoes Republican bid to block union election rules

    Quote Originally Posted by Redbeard View Post
    Not sure if the board has a full quorum being a five member board. Supreme Court ruled in Jan. 2013 appointments were made illegally. Haven't heard of any new appointments made.
    I believe they had a new 5-member appointment set in the summer of 2013.

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