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Senate falls short in bid to kill ambush-election rule

In a huge disappointment for the National Restaurant Association and business groups everywhere, the Senate this afternoon failed to get enough votes to move forward on a resolution of disapproval that would have killed the controversial NLRB "ambush-election" rule. The Senate's failed vote came on the heels of a veto threat by President Obama on the eve of the vote.

After hours of debate, the Senate failed by a 45-54 vote to pass the resolution. The vote fell largely along party lines. Every Senate Republican except Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) voted in favor of the resolution to kill the rule. Sen. Murkowski joined all Senate Democrats in voting against it. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) was not present for the vote for health reasons.

The National Restaurant Association sent a letter to the full Senate yesterday urging a "yes" vote on S.J. Res. 36, and in recent days and weeks generated more than 1,600 grassroots letters to the Senate in opposition to the NLRB rule and in support of the resolution.

The ambush-election rule now takes effect April 30. The regulation makes a number of significant changes to unionization laws, including cutting the timeline for union elections to as short as 10 days from when a petition is filed to when a vote is held. The current average timeline for union elections in the sector that includes restaurants is 41 days.

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