Labor board moves ahead with union rules

By SAM HANANEL | November 30, 2011 | 4:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board is moving ahead with plans to speed the pace of union elections, even as Republicans in Congress threaten to derail the process.

The board's Democratic majority voted in favor of a revised proposal that could give unions a boost in organizing new members.

The vote came after the board's lone Republican member didn't make good on threats to resign, a move that would have rendered the agency powerless to act.

Republican Brian Hayes says he decided not to quit even though he strongly opposes the rules.

Republicans lawmakers in the House were also expected to approve a bill Wednesday aimed at short-circuiting the rules, which could make it more difficult for businesses to resist union organizers.