Tuesday, September 13, 2011

House bill to rein in the NLRB is a start for fixing a larger problem

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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