Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced legislation which would amend the NLRA to undo the so-called “ambush election” rule which took effect this past April. The rule limits the time between the filing of an election petition and a union election, and according to critics, deprives employers of an opportunity to share its views on unionization with employees. The bill would prohibit an election taking place less than 60 calendar days after a petition. It would also require a hearing officer to consider material factual issues, such as jurisdiction, statutory coverage, unit inclusion or exclusion, and eligibility, prior to an election. In addition, the bill would amend the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act to require written authorization for a union to use collected dues for any purpose not directly related to collective bargaining or contract administration.    

The Senate has confirmed Allison Beck as the first female director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Beck previously served as acting director of the agency after a September nomination by President Obama and before that served as deputy director for four years.    

Nicholas Geale, Republican, became the new chair of the National Mediation Board. Geale has served as a Board member since his 2013 appointment.