By Kevin Bogardus - 03/21/12 09:07 PM EDT
Passed by the NLRB in December, the rule would speed up union elections by reducing litigation and streamlining practices for the labor board’s regional directors.
Business groups and Republican lawmakers have been up in arms over the rule. Last year, the House passed legislation to void the proposal.
Labor has backed the rule, saying it will ensure that workers who want to vote to join a union will have a chance to do so.
Forty-five Republican senators have signed onto the joint resolution so far, which was introduced by Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The resolution has also been introduced in the House.
The resolution was filed under the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to stop a rule or regulation from being implemented.
To void the NLRB’s union election rule, the resolution would have to pass both the Senate and the House, and then President Obama would have to sign it.