Katie Gage

In the last several weeks, one element of labor policymaking has come into great focus. It is clear that Big Labor bosses understand there is not sufficient support among elected officials to enact their job-killing agenda. Therefore, they have begun a concerted effort to push forward elements of forced unionization through the executive branch generally and administrative agencies specifically, namely the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Recently, there has been quite a bit of activity around the NLRB. The Supreme Court ruled that the agency could not operate with only two members. While many Americans may not be familiar with the NLRB, it does have an important role to play in administering to the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which governs relations between unions and employers in the private sector.

The reason the agency was operating with an insufficient number of members was that some in Congress had decided to play politics and refused to move forward with the previous administration’s nominees irrespective of whether they were acceptable or not. And now, the Senate has worked to secure confirmation votes for labor radicals like Craig Becker whose allegiance is clearly to his former employers at Big Labor. He believes workers and employers should have virtually no say whatsoever regarding the unionization of their own businesses.

And when Becker didn’t have sufficient bipartisan support in the Senate to obtain confirmation, the White House delivered “payback” to labor bosses in the form of a recess appointment.

That takes us to the point where we find ourselves. The Senate last week confirmed Mark Pearce and Brian Hayes to the National Labor Relations Board, so the administrative agency is now fully staffed.

So, what’s on its docket?

The NLRB recently made a request for information concerning electronic voting systems. On the surface, this may not seem like something that should warrant great concern, but a more careful examination exposes what could be troubling motives. Electronic voting means workers could vote outside of their place of employment, even outside the supervision of the NLRB, and the method would open them up to intimidation and coercion at the hands of union bosses and organizers.

Over the past year, we’ve been tracking how Big Labor has worked desperately to secure passage of the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act (EFCA), which eliminates the secret ballot exposing workers to harassment and bullying. Offsite electronic voting is just another means to expose employees to undue pressure and force unionization on employers irrespective of whether it results in lost jobs or not.


Katie Gage

Katie Gage is the executive director of the Workforce Fairness institute.