GOP seeks to override Obama veto on 'ambush elections'

GOP seeks to override Obama veto on 'ambush elections'
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Republicans are not backing down from a fight with the Obama administration over union elections.

President Obama earlier this year blocked a GOP attempt to roll back a controversial rule from the National Labor Relations Board that speeds up union elections.

The Senate will vote Monday on whether to override President Obama’s veto, but even Republicans admit it’s a Hail Mary that stands little chance of garnering enough Democratic support to succeed. 


Nevertheless, Republicans hope to raise awareness about the issue.

The NLRB rules speed up the union election process so workers can organize more quickly.

Republicans say the new rules could speed up the process to as few as two weeks after a petition is filed with the NLRB, down from the current average of 38 days before a vote is held.

The Obama administration says this will prevent businesses from needlessly delaying the union election process in an attempt to discourage workers from organizing. But Republicans argue it is a surprise attack meant to catch businesses off-guard without giving them enough time to prepare.

The GOP introduced legislation earlier this year that would have struck down what Republicans refer to as the so-called “ambush election” rule.

The measure passed the House and Senate largely along party lines, but President Obama vetoed.

Senate Republicans would need 67 votes to overturn the veto, and it is unlikely they can raise enough support from Democrats to accomplish this.