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President Barack Obama is introduced by President of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Richard Trumka before he speaks on the economy to the AFL-CIO Executive Council Meeting at the Washington Convention Center August 4, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images) President Barack Obama is introduced by President of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Richard Trumka before he speaks on the economy to the AFL-CIO Executive Council Meeting at the Washington Convention Center August 4, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)  

Labor board’s ‘quickie election’ rule attracts nearly unprecedented public heat

The National Labor Relations Board’s “quickie election” proposal has received a nearly unprecedented backlash from Americans nationwide.

If the NLRB finalizes its proposed rule, the time between when union organizers file a petition and when an election takes place would be shortened to just 7–10 days. Traditionally, unionizing elections are held up to six weeks after organizers meet the petition requirements for one.

But since the Board published its proposed rule change in the Federal Register on June 22, more than 17,000 public comments have come in. Most of them are critical of the proposal. Members of the public can comment through August 22.

Though some public comments are undoubtedly from advocacy groups and organizations with a financial stake in the battle’s outcome, thousands seem to have come from ordinary Americans.

“We now have 17,000 Americans on the record essentially agreeing with President Obama: that the job-killing agencies in his administration need to stop wrecking the economy with new anti-business, anti-jobs regulations,” Fred Wszolek of the Workforce Fairness Institute told The Daily Caller.

Wszolek is referring to Obama’s promise to control federal agency regulations so they don’t have a negative effect on the economy.

Former NLRB board member Peter Schaumber told TheDC that a spike in the public’s interest and involvement in these rule changes may be a referendum against how this Board is breaking from tradition in its policy development. Schaumber says the only other instance he knows of a similar level of public concern about NLRB issues was a 1974 amendment to the National Labor Relations Act that broadened its scope to include private health care institutions.

He said about 20,000 people sent in public comments then, but Americans had two full years to weigh in.

“The NLRB generally establishes labor policy with [courtroom] decisions,” Schaumber said in a phone interview. “Engaging in rulemaking is an unusual activity for the board.”

Another red flag that Schaumber notices with the Board’s handling of its “quickie election” proposal is the lack of transparency in the NLRB’s deliberations. Schaumber says it appears as though the Board’s members evaded the Sunshine Act, either by meeting only two at a time or by using staffers to relay information among themselves.

Schaumber points out that there are three Democratic NLRB members and only one Republican, and that the Sunshine Act requires that meetings of more than two NLRB members must be published and at least somewhat open to the public. No meetings were ever announced while the NLRB was planning the proposal.

He also says the Board appears to be rushing to finalize its new policy before more Americans can flood the government with disagreeable comments. “It started as a very non-transparent process,” he said. “And now it’s a very expedited public process.”

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  • Anonymous

    Please, people, vote this Marxist Tin Pot Dictator Wannabee OUT OF OFFICE next November!  The SOB doesn’t think the rules apply to him or his THUG UNION GOONS!  They are continuing to destroy what is left of this rotten economy!  Comrade Obozo is going around Congress to give his UNION MAGGOTS whatever they want in exchange for MILLIONS in campaign contributions.  He is going to grant Amnesty to hundreds of thousands of ILLEGAL ALIENS in exchange for the Hispanic vote next year.  He is CORRUPT and is only concerned with keeping HIS JOB.  Throw this incompetent, arrogant *as tard OUT of office in 2012!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KNO6M62AYIRJGHR5OGJVYSG4HQ DanielT

    I would love to see Boeing build the plant to spite Obama’s fascist tactics.  I dare him to send some troops down to stop the building of a plant.  You know if we all start ignoring these evil bastards, they’ll have no more power.  A free country is a free country, not just when Barry thinks its okay to be free.

  • Anonymous

    Another Socialist ploy of the Evil Oreo Odumba to use bureaucratic means to get around the constitution or any oversight. If you can’t pass it outright just sneak it in the backdoor.

  • Anonymous

    Another Socialist ploy of the Evil Oreo Odumba to use bureaucratic means to get around the constitution or any oversight. If you can’t pass it outright just sneak it in the backdoor.

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  • Erik de Haan

    is it just me ir does Trumpka look like a fat,bloated pig

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KNO6M62AYIRJGHR5OGJVYSG4HQ DanielT

      It’s not just you.  He is the offspring from the monster in the blob movie.

  • Sproing

    What’s left of the union movement in the United States is desperate to use it’s own department in Washington to put a headlock on any and all corporations in so far as their employees rights to NOT want to join a union. The NLRD has been a union friendly governmental dept. ever since its inception, but under President Obama it has become almost a union organization with federal powers beyond the reach of Congress and sometimes the courts.