Sometimes extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. And that is true regarding the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and its job-killing assault against workers and small businesses across the country.
Once elected, it was reasonably anticipated that President Obama would seek to advance the interests of the union bosses who bankrolled his campaign for office. No one expected, however, that he would allow organized labor to call the shots at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with the head of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) even bragging that he speaks with someone from the White House every day, including weekends.
Yet, that’s exactly what has taken place. The administration has bent over backwards to reward Big Labor at the expense of employees and employers. The giveaways have been so breathtaking and extreme it is fair to say that Obama has done more to reward union bosses than any president in modern history.
As a result, a co-equal branch of government has been forced to step forward and defend the interests of job creators in the worst economy since the Great Depression. This has required the Congress to pursue legislation limiting the ability of unelected bureaucrats in the executive branch to payback Big Labor with policies that threaten the ability of our economy to recover.
Just a few weeks ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed – in a bipartisan fashion – the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587). The legislation prevents the government from dictating to American companies where they can do business and create jobs. The bill is a necessary response to the incredible overreach on the part of the NLRB, which is seeking to tell the Boeing Company it could not open a second production facility in the right-to-work state of South Carolina; all such work had to be done in it unionized facilities in Washington State.
Next, Congress is using its appropriations authority to prevent the NLRB from over-spending and from using taxpayer dollars to enforce recent decisions that hurt workers and small businesses, and damage our ability to create jobs.