For some time, we have been saying that Americans are concerned with the overly burdensome and stifling regulations coming from unelected bureaucrats in government agencies more concerned with rewarding special interests than facilitating job creation. This week, two separate polls revealed that voters believe government is getting in the way of business and that there is wide-spread opposition to the actions of the Obama Administration’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
A recent Tarrance Group poll shows the extent of the voter opposition with 74 percent saying they believe “businesses and consumers are over-regulated.”
Certainly many Americans have heard of the NLRB’s decisions that threaten a loss of jobs and business closures in an effort to payback Big Labor bosses who funnel hundreds of millions into Democrat political campaigns. Whether it’s the NLRB’s decision to require nearly all the nation’s private employers to post partisan notices of employees’ right to unionize, its proposed rule to close the election window and ambush employees and employers with a union vote, or to permit the formation of micro-units watering down the definition of a collective bargaining unit to give labor bosses a better chance to gain a foothold in the workplace, Americans are fed up with the job-killing rules this administration is adopting by regulatory fiat.
These anti-growth actions of government agencies include the National Mediation Board (NMB) that overturned nearly a century of precedent in order to force unionization on workers in the airline and railroad industries. It also includes the Department of Labor’s proposed rule expanding the public disclosure requirements for employers, law firms, consultants and trade associations that provide labor relations advice to employers during a union organizing drive. This rule, if implemented, will result in depriving employers of advice they need and in essence gag them from expressing their views in opposition to the formation of a union in their workplace.