Politically charged labor proposal advances

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Posted: Nov 30, 2011 4:23 PM
Politically charged labor proposal advances

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic members of a divided U.S. labor board succeeded on Wednesday in advancing a politically charged proposal that could make it easier for unions to organize.

However, the ultimate outcome of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) measure is overshadowed by partisan divisions dogging the panel and potential congressional intervention.

On a 2-to-1 vote, the short-handed board agreed to a resolution that would amend its rules by limiting litigation in disputed elections, including curbs on certain appeals, and streamlining other procedures to reduce delays. It now must be drafted into a final document and voted on again.

The measure was supported by the panel's two Democrats and opposed by the lone Republican, who has threatened to resign in protest against plans by Democrats to finalize the changes by year's end.

(Reporting by John Crawley; editing by Andre Grenon)