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NLRB Has Critical Role To Play In Getting Us Back On Track

 

Heather Greenaway
November 28, 2017
InsideSources

Eight years under the Obama administration was a boon for Big Labor and its anti-worker agenda. The union bosses who pumped millions of dollars into President Obama’s campaigns were rewarded with nominations to various posts at the supposedly independent National Labor Relations Board, allowing them to create a series of job-killing regulations that advanced their own agenda to the detriment of employees and employers.

Fortunately, the Trump administration and this Congress have taken steps to put an end to their predecessors’ irresponsible practices. The president has nominated and the Senate has confirmed serious and experienced professionals so the NLRB can finally carry out its intended purpose, starting with “safeguard(ing) employees’ rights.” The process culminated with Peter Robb’s recent confirmation to serve as the agency’s general counsel, which came on the heels of William Emanuel and Marvin Kaplan joining the five-member board.

With these new voices at the agency, there is hope the NLRB will adhere to decades of precedence in its application of the law as opposed to concocting rules and regulations to reward special interests.

To start, Emanuel has years of experience practicing labor law at well-respected firms across the country and served as chairman of the Labor Relations Advisory Committee and Employers Group Legal Committee.

Prior to joining the board, Kaplan served as chairman of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and counsel for multiple committees in Congress.

Both of these gentlemen have consistently demonstrated a dedication to the rule of law, as well as upholding the rights of employees and employers when threatened.

And under General Counsel Robb, the law will once again be the standard, stating upon being sworn-in that he had “always believed in the core values expressed in the National Labor Relations Act.”

This will be a dramatic improvement from the NLRB under Richard Griffin, the Obama-era general counsel, who can only be described as labor’s biggest shill who even acknowledged that his “sole reason” for pursuing a complaint against McDonald’s was that it was filed by a union-funded group.

In contrast, Robb is an experienced attorney having practiced in labor and employment law, including as staff attorney and counsel at the NLRB.

American workers are ready to take our nation’s economy to the next level. Under Obama they were burdened by regulations advancing the political agenda of labor bosses, such as the ambush elections rule, micro-union decision and new joint employer standard. To allow our employees and employers to thrive, these new NLRB members both on the board side and in the general counsel’s office, must re-examine these flawed approaches at once.

It’s time to pursue an agenda that benefits workers so the American people can have confidence their government is working in their own best interests. And the NLRB has a very important role to play in getting us back on track.​

 Heather Greenaway is a spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI).

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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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