The Obama-stacked NLRB last week finalized a rule that will force millions of workplaces to post “notices” that amount to nothing more than advertisements to join a union. That followed the close of a period to comment on the Mother of All Regulations—a rule which will shorten the election period so much that the average employee will only get one side of the story. A one-sided sales pitch (in which the union is legally allowed to make unrealistic promises that it is not required to keep) hardly amounts to “freely chosen.”
Then there’s the fundamentally disturbing part of all this: Ms. Liebman and her ilk apparently believe unrealistic union demands are good for the economy. She told the Times: “Some say collective bargaining is antithetical to the economy … I don’t buy that at all. This was a statute that worked. It created the middle class. It created good jobs.”
While the NLRB Members have law degrees, they seem to be short on both formal and informal acquaintance with basic principles of economics—yet Liebman and the Board are enacting economically dangerous, job-killing labor policies.
Here’s something else I know from personal experience that Ms. Liebman doesn’t seem to grasp: it’s tough to hire people in this economy and a small business owner, it makes little sense to try to hire anyone under a mounting pile of punitive, mean-spirited, and Byzantine regulations piling up under this administration—from the NLRB to the Environmental Protection Agency and beyond. Each new employee can be visualized as a walking, talking lawsuit and fine-generator.
Finally, Ms. Liebman had the gall to use this analogy about her ostensibly respectable work: “We knew we were going to have a boxing match, but we didn’t expect our opponents to come in with a baseball bat.” That’s interesting, because it is Ms. Liebman’s “collective bargaining” beneficiaries who still to this day use violence to achieve their goals, with another example in August as a Toledo businessman was shot when interrupting a perpetrator who had scrawled the word “scab” on his vehicle.
Indeed, the NLRB’s pro-union Members look the other way as Big Labor looks to use coercion to rope more Americans into paying union dues. Instead, the Board is doing violence to our national labor laws and turning around to blow us a goodbye kiss.