This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is slated to vote on the Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act (H.R. 1120) in an effort to rein a federal agency that has caused immeasurable harm to workers and the business community with its ill-conceived and biased decisions and rulings. The legislation would address the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which serves to handle discrepancies between businesses and labor organizations in the private sector.
Since President Obama was inaugurated in 2009 the Board has served as a vehicle for labor bosses to seek and receive preferential treatment over America’s employers. This has become even more pronounced since the demise of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). This legislation – commonly known as card check – would have eviscerated secret ballot protections afforded to workers when engaging in a union election, as well as empower government to mandate contracts on employees and employers alike once a collective bargaining unit had been formed and an agreement had not been reached between the two parties in a short amount of time.
This legislation was as unnecessary as it was damaging to the economy. An economic study found that EFCA would have resulted in the loss of at least 600,000 jobs in the first year alone. Card check ultimately died as it failed to engender sufficient support among the President’s own party and was universally opposed by Republicans. Today, the legislation is so reviled, it has not been introduced in Congress, and there is zero chance it could become law.
With the loss of their dream legislation, and after giving nearly one billion dollars in campaign support to President Obama and his allies in the 2008 and 2012 elections, Big Labor bosses have been very clear they expect “payback.” And it has come in the form of a so-called independent agency, which has become known as Obama’s Labor Board. This is not an assumption; instead, it is a fact derived directly from organized labor. In 2010, Stewart Acuff, a “special assistant” to President Richard Trumka wrote in The Huffington Post, “It [sic] we aren’t able to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, we will work with President Obama and Vice President Biden and their appointees to the National Labor Relations Board to change the rules governing forming a union through administrative action…”