The House votes to prevent the Obama NLRB’s latest pro-union power grab.
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As a result, the Democrat-appointed Chairman of the NLRB said Hayes threatened to resign as a last resort to stop this power grab, by denying the Board a quorum. (Former NLRB Chairman Peter Schaumberg suggests that Hayes may be able to deny the Board a quorum simply by abstaining on that vote.) That may seem like a radical move, but far more radical are the efforts by the Board’s majority to ram through the quickie elections rule.
The NLRB’s actions underscore the Obama administration’s disdain for Congress and its willingness to circumvent the democratic process. Even if the NLRB’s push for ambush election were to fall flat, the people’s elected representatives should reclaim their constitutional lawmaking authority. This won’t be the last time the NLRB is likely to try to usurp it. And this won’t be the last time a liberal president will try to appoint a union partisan to the Board.
Obama came into office as the most pro-union president in decades, having gotten significant support from organized labor in his 2008 campaign — support he will need for his 2012 reelection effort.
For organized labor, the expected big payoff was in labor law changes to tilt organizing rules in unions’ favor, most notably the so-called Employee Free Choice Act, which would have effectively replaced secret ballots in union organizing elections.
Unable to get such pro-union legislation through Congress, the president turned to regulatory agencies. His administration’s approach to labor policy can be summed up as, “If at first you don’t succeed, change the rules.”
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