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House Passes Bill to Curb NLRB, Block Plans to Speed Union Votes

November 30, 2011

Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would block the National Labor Relations Board’s plan to speed the pace for conducting union elections.

The Republican-led House voted 235-188 today for a bill that would delay employee balloting on forming a union until at least 35 days after workers make a request. Businesses say the NLRB’s plan for quicker union elections would limit their chance to make a case against establishing a union. Labor officials say the NLRB proposal removes obstacles that deny workers a chance to vote.

The bill must be passed by the Democratic-Senate, and signed by President Barack Obama -- a union supporter -- to become law.

The bill is H.R. 3094.

--Editors: Steve Geimann, Judy Pasternak

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