Monday, July 18, 2011
The SEIU NLRB Serial Job Killer
The SEIU NLRB Serial Job Killer
By John Ransom
In just another example of the Obama administration making law by fiat, the National Labor Relations Board head Craig Becker is proposing new rules that would shotgun the formation of new union shops in as quick as ten days.
After the defeat of card check at the legislative ballot box, the former SEIU goon is acting creatively in order to implement portions of card check unilaterally.
What would one expect from a guy appointed to his position despite his nomination being rejected by the Senate?
“He never satisfactorily answered a series of questions that I posed to him – failing to reassure me that his years of service to labor unions would not color his decisions at the NLRB," Senator Orrin Hatch (R.,UT) said in a statement as reported by the Washington Post.
Becker couldn’t answer questions for a number of other Senators either so they scrapped his nomination.
Obama then made a recess appointment of Becker to the NLRB, the presidential equivalent of Enron accounting for political appointees.
Becker is losing no time now in answering the questions and concerns Hatch and his fellow Senators had.
The answers are about as bad as they feared.
NLRB and Becker have been in the news lately because they’ve attacked Boeing for opening a plant in South Carolina, a state that is less accommodating to union employment but more accommodating to workers and management with project deadlines to keep.
But the attack on Boeing is nothing compared to the attack that Becker and organized labor are going to launch against the rest of us starting today.
“On July 18, the NLRB is holding a hearing on its proposal to overhaul virtually the entire manner and set of rules by which union-representation elections are conducted in the workplace,” says labor expert Geoffrey Burr in the Washington Times. “To the surprise of no one who can read federal election donation reports, all of the agency’s changes appear to help union bosses at the expense of everyone else.”
First up is making sure union elections happen quickly. The longer it takes for employees to become informed, the less likely they’ll join a union. Never mind reading the fine print. Nancy Pelosi read the entire Obamacare bill in ten minutes while on the can.
That seemed to work out for her.
As Nancy says, and I paraphrase here: Youse have to be a part of the union before youse can really know what’s in it for youse.
For his part, Becker says that by shortening the time employers have to make a case against workers joining a union, the less time employers will have to “intimidate” workers into not joining the union.
“Rep. George Miller (D., Calif.), the committee's senior Democrat, aligned with labor,” reports the Wall Street Journal “says current rules ‘provide multiple opportunities for bad actors to purposefully delay or stop an election’ that should be allowed.”
The worst actors on the scene today are unions, not employers.
While the rest of us are trying to jump start the economy, unions are screaming for a larger slice of a smaller pie and wanting us to raise taxes to pay for it all.
Last week we detailed how union-controlled insurance plans were costing school districts in Wisconsin millions in high premiums because of closed shop rules that prevented competition amongst insurance carriers.
Thousands of teachers in Wisconsin would have lost their jobs had the Wisconsin legislature not acted to curtail the ability of unions to shut down competition in the workplace.
This week’s “NLRB hearing is another sign the administration isn’t listening: American workers want jobs, and American employers want to create them,” says Burr. “The economy can’t grow and employers can’t hire while fending off a government-backed assault by labor bosses.”
So, the war on jobs, waged by the Obama administration, continues.
Any of youse guys listening?
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Posted by Brett at 8:58 AM