As the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) convenes a “public” hearing on it’s recently announced rule to shorten the election window in American workplaces from a median 38 days to as little as 10, revelations concerning how President Obama’s regulatory agency has conducted itself during this process undermines public trust in the administration.
More than two years ago, the nation was told by then Illinois Senator and now President Barack Obama, that there would be a new era of openness and transparency in government consistent with promises he made to change the way business was done in Washington, D.C.
Today, the actions of Obama's presidential appointees and nominees such as labor radical Craig Becker raise serious questions about the integrity of the president’s promises and the trustworthiness of his word.
As mentioned, the recently announced proposed rule will dramatically change board law and procedures over the conduct of NLRB representation elections to achieve an outcome long favored by organized labor – quickie or ambush elections. Currently, these elections occur roughly within five to seven weeks and organized labor wins nearly 70 percent of them. By any and all indications, the election process that has been in place for decades under both Republican and Democratic Administrations has worked exceptionally well.
The board's announcement takes place in the aftermath of union bosses failing to convince Congress to enact the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act (EFCA), job-killing legislation which would force unionization on workers by eliminating the secret ballot in favor of card check and mandating government-run arbitration. As a result, Big Labor has been desperate to get a return on its half a billion dollar investment in bringing the current administration to power. Quickie elections give Big Labor some of that return. Card check – like quickie elections – limits the ability of employers to express their views on unionization and their employees’ the right to hear those views. The predominant story employees will be able to hear before voting is the story told by union organizers and bosses.
Big Labor bosses have spoken candidly about working with unelected government bureaucrats in Obama’s labor relations agencies to do what EFCA would have done: make organizing easier without regard for worker’ rights and legitimate management interests. And over the course of the last year, that’s exactly what they have done and the manner in which they have done it is anything but open, transparent and collaborative.