In an era when Americans simply want the government to leave them alone and focus on getting the economy going so businesses can create jobs, the message seems completely lost on Big Labor’s agents at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Since becoming president, Barack Obama has spared little to reward his buddies in Big Labor after they invested nearly half a billion dollars making sure the moving trucks to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in the winter of 2008 where coming from Chicago, not Phoenix.
And in spite of the endless stream of giveaways to union bosses from the Obama NLRB – first its acting general counsel told an American company that it could not operate a new facility in a right-to-work state, then its Board issued a decision permitting labor to petition to represent “micro-unions” which threaten to balkanize the workplace and dramatically increase an employer’s labor relations costs, and promulgated a rule that will deny businesses a meaningful opportunity to express their views on unionization to their employees – it never seems like enough for union bosses.
The heads of the labor organizations are completely committed to getting the “payback” they believe they deserve after bankrolling Obama’s 2008 campaign. It was former American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) President Gerald McEntee who told The Washington Times that the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act was “‘payback’ for the labor movement’s massive campaign effort for Mr. Obama and the Democrats.”
And now, maybe more than ever before, these same bosses have leverage over this White House as it seeks campaign dollars in advance of Election Day 2012.
Mind you, labor heads have not been shy about boasting about their access to this president. It was reported that former Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Andy Stern was the top visitor to the White House. And it was American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) President Richard Trumka who said, “I have conversations every day with someone in the White House or the administration. Every day. And that includes weekends, by the way.”
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