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National Labor Relations Board Rings In New Era

Heather Greenaway
February 5, 2018
The Daily Caller

 

During the previous administration, it is hard to argue that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) didn’t virtually become an appendage of Big Labor. For eight years, the union bosses who pumped millions of dollars into President Barack Obama’s campaigns were rewarded with nominations leading to decisions that served as political payback. Losing any semblance of independence, the agency that exists in part to protect our nation’s workers, instituted job-killing regulations advancing Big Labor’s priorities.

However, it is a new day at the NLRB. During his first year in office, President Donald Trump has nominated respected legal and workplace experts who are taking the initial and critical steps to return the agency to its intended role of protecting “the rights of private sector employees” and restoring the balance of power in the workplace.

On the heels of Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel — both well-respected lawyers — being seated on the Board and Peter Robb taking over as general counsel, President Trump has nominated John Ring to serve as a Board member.

Ring’s credentials include working in the law practice of Morgan Lewis as a partner assisting clients on a range of issues, including labor contract negotiations and corporate restructuring. Ring as is a member of the Washington D.C. and Connecticut bars, and a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

During his time at Morgan Lewis, Ring tried cases in front of the NLRB and represented workers impacted by Obama-era decisions, such as the ambush election ruling. This misguided decision shortened the time frame for union elections to as few as 11 days, allowing union organizers to quietly garner support for unionization, then ambush workers with a vote before they had a chance to receive and review critical information concerning the implications unionization could have on their lives.

In response to these actions, Ring wrote, “the proposed rules represent a significant encroachment into both an employer’s business and an employee’s privacy,” an assessment that was a far cry of the union shills previously in the NLRB. As for the ambush rule, the Workforce Fairness Institute supports the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (WFDA), legislation requiring at least 35 days between filing an election petition and holding an election.

For eight years under the former administration, workers faced stagnant wages, job-killing regulations and limited opportunities. Now, with Ring’s nomination to serve under Chairman Kaplan, workers can have a newfound confidence that the agency will once again act as an impartial defendant of their rights and stand up to the Big Labor bosses who encroached on the workplace in recent years.

The new members of the Board represent a real opportunity to roll back the anti-worker rulings of the last administration and restore the balance of power in the workplace, starting with rescinding the ambush election rule.

Heather Greenaway is a spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute.

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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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