Despite veto threat, GOP-controlled Congress votes to kill labor board rule backed by unions

Associated Press

The Republican-controlled Congress is defying a veto threat over a labor board rule governing union elections.

The House voted Thursday to block the new rule, which would shorten the time between a union's request for representation and a vote by workers on it. The Senate approved the measure earlier this month.

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Republicans say the rule allows what they call "ambush elections" that limit the ability of businesses to defeat efforts by workers to form or join a union.

The vote was 232-186 in the House. The Senate voted 53-46. That indicates supporters are short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto.

The rule is scheduled to take effect in April.