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Fully Staffed NLRB Means It Is Time To Restore Workplace Balance

Heather Greenaway
July 1, 2017
Townhall

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is charged with serving as the clearinghouse for workplace organizing elections, as well as managing disputes between employees, employers and labor unions.  The board’s purpose is not to undertake an activist agenda creating policy favoring one side over another; instead, operating as an arbiter of law as written.  Yet under President Barack Obama, the so-called independent agency became nothing more than a tool for Big Labor to write public policy, putting forward decision after decision that bolstered the interests of union bosses at the expense of America’s workers and businesses.  One reason for this outcome was the board was stacked with labor allies whose allegiance was to bosses and delivering payback for the millions spent electing and re-electing Obama.

As with many things in Washington, D.C., this has already changed markedly since the election of President Donald Trump, but there is much that remains to be done.  No longer is government trying to force nonsensical and burdensome rules onto employers; instead, it is putting smart, qualified people in charge of agencies and enacting policies that create conditions for greater hiring, wage increases and economic growth.

Within the NLRB itself, President Trump has worked to nominate qualified and experienced individuals, who will take an unbiased look at any case and make decisions based on the merits.  The recent board nominations of Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel are perfect examples as they will bring to the NLRB track records of working on labor issues over the course of their esteemed legal careers.  Kaplan’s experience as counsel to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Emanuel’s decades of experience working in labor and employment law demonstrate each will bring a serious and measured approach to the board.

Coupled with the appointment of Philip Miscimarra as chairman of the NLRB, President Trump is clearly demonstrating that he is seeking to fix the failed policies of the last eight years.  He is showing that everyone deserves to have their voice heard, in addition to a seat at the table during workplace organizing efforts and any disputes that may result from them.

As the business community continues to adapt to the deluge of arbitrary rules and regulations issued by the previous administration, the new leadership in Washington must continue to send the message that they are committed to advancing a pro-jobs and pro-worker agenda.  A key aspect of this undertaking requires the board undoing previous decisions, such as the unnecessary and greatly expedited organizing election timetable as well as the policy giving union bosses the ability to organize small subsets of employees known as “micro-unions” when the traditional majority of workers oppose union representation.

With President Trump bringing balance to the board, and by extension American workplaces, the right kind of message is being sent across this country.  The time has come to set aside the divisive, biased, anti-worker and anti-business policies of the last eight years, and get to the hard work of getting Americans back on level footing in their places of occupation.  The Trump Administration has worked incredibly hard to identify and name a strong pair of nominees, but this undertaking is just beginning. And the next step in restoring balance to American workplaces can only be achieved with the swift confirmation of both of these incredibly qualified nominees by the U.S. Senate.

Heather Greenaway is a spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute.

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The Workforce Fairness Institute is an organization committed to educating voters, employers, employees and citizens about issues affecting the workplace.  To learn more, please visit: https://www.workforcefairness.com.

To schedule an interview with a Workforce Fairness Institute representative, please contact Ryan Williams at (202) 677-7060.

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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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