Enough Is Enough: Congress Must Step In

Fred Wszolek
June 23, 2011
Townhall

On Tuesday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) delivered more payback to union bosses at the expense of workers rewarding President Obama’s top political contributors and in the process sacrificing worker freedoms and jobs. Proposed game-changing rules announced by Obama’s regulatory board give Big Labor another advantage over workers and business owners – as many struggle to survive in a down economy – by proposing “quickie elections” that will substantially shorten the amount of time between an organizing petition being filed and the workplace election taking place. This gives a clear advantage to union bosses attempting to usher in a vote forming a collective bargaining unit before an employer has had the opportunity to counter organizers’ claims with facts and objective data.

This week’s bailout to Big Labor is the latest in a series of egregious decisions on the part of the NLRB as it seeks to force more employees into unions. Fewer workers are voluntarily deciding to vote for unionization because they cannot afford to giveaway wages to Big Labor bosses and they are satisfied with their workplace conditions. Yet, not content to allow workers to make informed decisions about their own work status, unelected government bureaucrats doing the bidding of union bosses having decided to establish ground rules that provide employers only a matter of hours and days to respond to unionization attempts ensuring workers will not have sufficient information challenging promises made by the union organizers. When the union wins the election, it will attempt to deliver on promises, which were impractical to begin with and threaten the economic viability of the employer.

Reducing the time from the petition to the election does not alter the time from the petition to the end of the representation proceeding. What Obama’s regulatory board has done is simply leave till after the election the legal issues that were previously resolved before the election so it can move the election up to just after the petition is filed. The board’s reason for shortening the time period between the petition being filed and the election is obvious, to limit the employer’s ability to oppose the union and the employees ability to hear both sides and make an informed choice.

Furthermore, the time periods established after the petition is filed are simply irrational. They threaten to deprive small employers the opportunity for legal representation and due process. For example, an employer must respond to a questionnaire within seven days raising any legal issues it has with regard to the election or it forever waives its right to raise these issues. If the employer has been fortunate enough to find knowledgeable counsel and figure out what legal issues there are, they will be decided after the election together with any objections to the election or challenges the employer has to individual voters.

If these proposed rule changes are adopted, “it would be a victory for labor unions” as reported The Associated Press. Add this to the long list of gifts Big Labor has received from this administration starting with radical nominees like board member Craig Becker who favored giving workers less time to decide whether to join the same unions that employed him just a few years ago.

These actions and others have placed the business community in a position where it no longer makes good sense to negotiate with a group of union lackeys masquerading as unbiased arbiters. The National Labor Relations Board cannot be allowed to function as it is currently or it will continue to pursue policies that result in Americans losing their livelihoods. Congress must step in and either undo the actions of this regulatory agency or cut off its funding in an effort to protect their constituents.

President Obama and his handpicked board members are destroying America’s economy and it is the obligation of a co-equal branch of government to rein them in and balance the scales before they annihilate the backbone of our communities: small business.

Fred Wszolek is a spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI).

Tell Congress: Stop the PRO Act

WFI is working to prevent passage of the so-called Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act)—a wholesale labor reform package that takes the current careful balance of labor rules and tips it greatly in the favor of labor bosses and forced collective bargaining.

The PRO Act robs workers of the right to a secret ballot to form a union, forces union contracts on workers without a vote of approval, and expose workers’ personal contact information to union bosses seeking to organize a workplace. And that’s just the start.

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WFI Key Vote Letter: Opposition to PRO Act

— 02.10.2020 —
Dear Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy: On behalf of the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI), I am writing to share our organization’s vehement opposition to H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act). WFI has serious concerns with the broad, overreaching nature of this legislation and the many ways in which it would undermine worker freedom and privacy, while simultaneously threatening businesses and entire industries that keep America’s economy thriving. Please note that WFI will include votes on the PRO Act and its amendments on our Congressional Labor Scorecard, which scores and ranks legislators based on their activity associated with workplace issues. WFI was established to fight for American employees and employers as well as our entire economy. We believe in worker empowerment, the right of workers to be fully informed of the options available for worker-involvement in the workplace, and the right to freely choose whether to organize or not. No individual or group – government, a union or an employer – should be able to intimidate or restrict workers’ in exercising these rights. In an attempt to boost flailing union membership at the expense of workers’ rights, the PRO Act would upend decades of established U.S. labor law and institute myriad anti-employee and anti-employer policies that have already been soundly rejected—by Congress, various federal agencies, or the courts. Among its most blatant affronts to workers’ rights, the PRO Act would eliminate the right to a secret ballot when determining whether to unionize and enforce a “card check” system, exposing workers to the potential for harassment, intimidation, and coercion. The PRO Act would also enforce binding arbitration in union negotiations by a government- appointed bureaucrat; repeal and eliminate right-to-work laws in 27 states, force workers to fund union activities regardless of whether they support them; and threaten the ability of individuals to operate as independent contractors, eliminating traditional economic and employment opportunities and threatening the independence and flexibility of the emerging gig economy. On top of all that, the PRO Act would force all workers’ personal and home contact information to be provided to a union during organizing campaigns – in an electronic, searchable format no less, with no limit on what a union can do with that information. WFI believes in advancing sensible policies that protect and preserve the rights of both employees and employers, and we welcome the opportunity to work with legislators who also support these efforts. However, the PRO Act does not achieve these goals and would instead threaten the rights of both while jeopardizing our entire economy. WFI urges members of the House to strongly oppose the PRO Act. Sincerely, Heather Greenaway Executive Director Workforce Fairness Institute See the letter here.
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