For just over a year now and since the failure of the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act (EFCA) to receive a vote in the 111th Congress, union bosses have been desperate to obtain the “payback” they believe is owed to them. Big Labor is beside itself that its membership numbers continue to dwindle despite giving half a billion dollars in campaign contributions to President Obama and Congressional Democrats.
In the absence of employees voluntarily choosing to join unions, labor bosses have decided to force them into collective bargaining units in an effort to line their own pockets. More than a year ago, an official with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) stated clearly that “administrative action” was the means labor would pursue to forcibly unionize workers and increase their number of dues-paying members.
Over the course of the last year, we have seen union bosses in concert with President Obama working to enact portions of EFCA through regulatory fiat. Unelected bureaucrats at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have made decisions and issued job-killing rulings that could never pass in Congress, because they hurt workers and businesses, at a time the country struggles to recover from one of the most significant economic downturns in American history.
The NLRB is supposedly an “independent” federal agency which oversees relations between employers and organized labor in the private sector. During the Obama Administration, however, it has become the principal means by which union bosses see their anti-business agenda enacted. Worse yet, a number of the unelected bureaucrats on the Board have never gone before the U.S. Senate nor been confirmed as President Obama recess appointed them even though Congress was in session.
That has led to news this past week that a federal judge nullified a recent ruling by Obama’s labor board concerning “ambush elections.” The regulation rushes employees into making an uninformed decision concerning the formation of a collective bargaining unit, which is critically important to future of their livelihoods. It also severely disadvantages employers as they would struggle to gain access to the resources they need to make a fair case against professional labor organizers. Businesses could have as few as seven to 10 days from the petition filing to ensure their side of the story is told.