By Senator John Isakson
In 2008, President Obama campaigned on the notion that he would bring "change" to Washington.
Unfortunately, when it comes to labor policies, the president has failed to champion meaningful reforms to empower the private sector to grow and reduce our high unemployment rate.
Instead, he has used his appointees at the National Labor Relations Board to payback union bosses that helped put him in office.
In turn, labor bosses are using this political clout to try to tilt the tables in their favor and reverse decades of declining union membership.
On April 30, employers and employees alike will be subjected to the newest regulatory effort by the National Labor Relations Board's "ambush election" rule.
Without Congressional intervention, the labor board will force employees in union organizing campaigns into the polls without having first received all the facts.
Under this new rule, labor unions will be able to "ambush" employers with elections before they have a chance to understand their rights and share the appropriate and necessary information with their employees.
The elections could take place in as few as 10 days -- before employees even have the opportunity to hear from both sides.
According to the National Labor Relations Board's most recent annual report, 92 percent of all union elections typically take place within 56 days, with the average being only 38 days.
Additionally, the labor board reports that unions won more than 70 percent of the elections held last year -- the highest ever.
In 1959, during a debate on the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, then-Sen. John F. Kennedy stated, "There should be at least a 30-day interval between the request for an election and the holding of an election... in which both parties can present their viewpoints."
He went on to say, "The 30-day waiting period is an additional safeguard against rushing employees into an election where they are unfamiliar with the issue." The critically important decision of whether to join a union would be fouled by NLRB's rule aimed to rush these elections simply to increase dues-paying union membership.
In an effort to level the playing field, I am proud to join 44 of my Senate colleagues in cosponsoring a Resolution of Disapproval (S.J. Res. 36) under the Congressional Review Act that would reverse this abuse of power by the National Labor Relations Board and restore voting rules that are fair.
This privileged motion cannot be filibustered and will force senators to choose whether they stand with the job creators that will bring out nation back into prosperity or whether they will continue being the pawns of big labor bosses.
This legislation is critical to ensure that employers' rights to free speech are not infringed upon and that all employees are given the opportunity to make well-informed decisions before heading to the polls.
I will continue to fight for a fair and democratic workplace where employees are afforded the chance to vote their conscience in secret ballot elections.
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., is the ranking Republican on the Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety.