Congress wants unions—and the president of the United States—to understand its discontent with a recent proposal to change a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule regarding union-organizing elections.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the NLRB proposal “streamlines the process by which workers vote on whether to join a union. The rule allows certain documents to be filed electronically instead of by mail. It also generally delays legal challenges from employers until after workers cast ballots as to whether they will unionize.”

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has put forth a resolution to stop the NLRB from changing its rules.

A resolution proposed by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to scold the NLRB publicly and stop its actions passed the senate 53-46 and will soon be voted on in the House.

The text of the resolution (S.J. Res. 8) reads:

“Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the National Labor Relations Board relating to representation case procedures (published at 79 Fed. Reg. 74308 [December 15, 2014]), and such rule shall have no force or effect.”

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealer Association (NLBMDA) is one of many associations to support the resolution.

“Dealers must contact their members of Congress and urge them to vote in favor of S.J.Res. 8 when it comes to the floor,” according to an NLBMDA release. “The NLRB’s ambush election rule will prove harmful to dealers’ ability to create jobs. It will severely hamper the rights of employers to make their views on organizing and collective bargaining known. It also prevents employees from making a fully informed choice on a matter that will impact them and their families for years.”

Even if the bill passes the House, President Obama is expected to veto the legislation, since the rule was approved mostly by Democrats he appointed to the NLRB.

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