By Adam Bitely
Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC) has introduced a bill in the House that would
prohibit the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from forcing a
business to relocate, shut down or transfer employment under any
circumstance. This, in effect, would be a first step in prohibiting the
NLRB from doing what it is attempting to do with Boeing in South
Carolina ever again.
The NLRB has proven to be a runaway, out of control government
agency. Ruling in favor of Big Labor throughout its history, a bias that
has been even more pronounced since Obama took office. The impact,
employers have been forced to make concessions to labor unions to their
own detriment hurting their capacity to create new jobs.
The environment that the current board of the NLRB has created is one
of chaos for employers as Big Labor is able to tighten its grip around
businesses with each decision that the board hands down. Small and
large employers are finding themselves having to fight against a
government backed agency that is all at once a prosecutor,
investigator, judge and jury.
Currently, the board that comprises the NLRB is composed of two Big
Labor allied members and only one commissioner to contrast that
position. The effect is that the NLRB is able to do whatever bidding
labor unions call for.
There is a glimmer of hope on the horizon as former AFL-CIO and SEIU
attorney Craig Becker’s term ends. It was Becker, whose controversial
appointment was opposed in the Senate on a bi-partisan basis, who first
brought the obscure government agency into the public limelight due to
his pronouncements that the NLRB could do Big Labor’s bidding
regardless of Congressional action. Becker’s temporary appointment
running out will effectively stop the Board from rendering one-sided
verdicts as they will not have the necessary quorum to make decisions.
The Obama NLRB has proven that it will fight against job creation
inside of the U.S. with the infamous Boeing case.
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