NLRB vs. the House
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) voted 2-1 (along party lines) to speed up the unionization process by holding an election in as few as just ten days after a union gathers enough signatures to file a petition. That would give businesses almost no time to inform workers just what unionization would mean for the company. According to The Heritage Foundation’s James Sherk:
“Only one in 10 nonunion workers say they want to unionize. Union membership has shrunk to just 7 percent in the private sector. It is easy to see why: In a competitive economy, unions have a hard time raising wages without destroying jobs. Who wants his company to wind up like General Motors?”
With union participation on the decline, and with union leaders being among some of the biggest campaign donors to liberal politicians, it is only natural that the Obama Administration’s NLRB would do everything in its power to bolster union support. The Obama NLRB has already allowed unions to target small bargaining units called “micro unions” and has filed suit against Boeing for opening a plant in a right-to-work state (yesterday, the union withdrew their compliant rendering the issue moot). They have also redefined how a union gets formed, by allowing only a majority of those who vote (instead of a majority of all the workers) to determine whether employees are unionized.
Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted to reverse these snap elections and set some workable guidelines for the unionization process by voting on H.R.3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, a bill that would require 2 months between when a petition is filed and a union vote is held. The bill passed 235-188.
This bill is a great step towards reversing the radical pro-union agenda that President Obama’s NLRB has been trying to accomplish. Union demands, especially during hard times, are making it difficult for businesses to hire and expand. Ninety-three percent of the private sector understands this, why doesn’t President Obama?
What Unions Do: How Labor Unions Affect Jobs and the Economy
Heritage: Labor Union Snap Elections Deprive Employees of Informed Choice
Key Vote Alert: “YES” on Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act