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High-ranking House Republican calls on President Obama to rein in the NLRB

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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

House Education and Workforce committee chairman Rep. John Kline demanded Tuesday that President Barack Obama stop the National Labor Relations Board from moving forward with a pro-union agenda.

In response to three controversial new rulings the NLRB announced late Tuesday, Kline said Obama can “no longer stand idle as his labor board wreaks havoc on the nation’s workforce.”

“With more than 14 million Americans unemployed, it is past time the president denounce the job-destroying actions of the NLRB and begin working with Congress on responsible policies that will put our nation’s workers and job-creators first,” Kline said in a statement.

With the three rulings, Kline said the NLRB “unloaded a barrage of bureaucratic activism that will devastate employees and job creators.”

The first and likely most controversial NLRB ruling overturned a 2007 decision that gave workers nationwide the right to protect themselves from union bosses’ bullying and coercive tactics with secret ballot elections.

Via its newly-decided Lamons Gasket case, the NLRB eliminated the 2007 Dana Corp ruling, which the National Right to Work Foundation said protected workers from “coercive practices” union organizers often use to “bully or mislead employees.”

The Dana Corp. decision allowed workers the opportunity to request a secret ballot election within a 45-day window following a “card-check” organizing effort. Card-check organizing efforts are when union bosses try to get workers they’re targeting to sign cards indicating they want to have a union election.

What union bosses often neglect to tell workers is that if enough workers sign cards, there’s no need for an election. They’d already be unionized.

The NLRB also decided that unionized workers should be forced to wait a “reasonable amount of time” before booting a union after a change of ownership at their shop. The UGL-UNNICO Service Company ruling means employees will have to wait an extended period of time before removing an unwanted union if their company’s ownership changes.

The third ruling also favored unions. It allows for “micro union” organizing at non-acute healthcare facilities.

Micro unions allow labor organizers to section off company employees by specific job descriptions. For example, if a union tried to organize a restaurant staff, leaders would target servers, busboys, dishwashers, cooks and hostesses separately.

Per the NLRB’s ruling, in non-acute healthcare facilities, like nursing homes and other long-term non-critical health facilities, unions can now target each layer of staff with organizing tactics. (RELATED: Outgoing Democratic NLRB chairwoman: Conservatives attacking Board with ‘baseball bat,’ vitriolic rhetoric)

National Association of Manufacturers president Jay Timmons said he sees the NLRB’s recent actions as an attempt to force card check policies through the back door. “This government agency’s decisions demonstrate the agency’s goal of implementing Employee Free Choice Act-like proposals that Congress has not authorized,” Timmons said. “These case decisions take away employers’ flexibility and only create uncertainty in the workplace.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Poulsenbaseball/1083232727 James Poulsenbaseball

    Ob ama has sold his soul and our country to unions. The purpose of unions is to enrich the union bosses at the expense of the dues paying members and the taxpayers, through the higher costs of everything union.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_24UD5JDXBO5ZAEDHS6WUGKICHA Whit

    This is a classic confrontation with Liberty and Totalitarianism. The Bolshevik launched their revolution in the 1800s and it spawned Communist Russia.  This philosophy has continued to be an adversary against our Liberty.  Because there were a lot of poor labor practices inherited from Europe the Bolshevik  organized labor uinions found fertile ground but they sowed the seed of tyranny and confrontation, choosing adversarial confrontation over symbiotic cooperation.  To the best of my knowledge Henry Ford was the first to break from the European concept of hire  cheap and sell high because they did not see the  common worker as a valued customer but targeted the wealthy.

    Ford saw the employee as a customer if he upped their wages but still sell the Tin  Lizzie at a profit.  Something like that  is what I am talking about. 

    Instead we got Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the infiltration of Socialism of which the NRLB is one of any number of products

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    We had a real middle class when there were unions.
    As far as redistributing the wealth, it’s going to the wealthy. The top 400 earners make 90 Billion, pay only 21% in taxes. The top 1% own 42% of the wealth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Granny-Rob-Robinson/100001281260310 Granny Rob Robinson

    The whole dang country is calling for Obama to “rein it in.”  Believing or even hoping that he will is to be naive, very naive.  Obama and his Democratic Party are on a search and destroy mission in America and they’re good at it, damnably good.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EMD4V5VZINTMANAIUYRB22XJ7U Brushjumper

    The Failed President is both a liar and loser. The petulant child in a mans suit (Axelrod is the Tailor) is destroying America and must be defeated in 2012. My family believes the Failed President will suffer a major electoral defeat in 2012. He is a very dangerous man and ignores the law in general, the will of the American people, Congress, and the Constitution.
    There are no longer massive adoring crowds to deceive. There are no more titles to capture. For the first time in Barack Obama’s life, he is accountable, and upon his shoulders rests the lives and fortunes of millions in the United States and the world. He has repeatedly shown that he cannot deal with, and will never be able to shoulder responsibility, as he is at his core self-absorbed, dishonest, a liar, and without coherence in his personal beliefs and convictions.
    Obama has never stood for individualism, capitalism, or liberty. Everything he does has the reek of statism, collectivism, and tyranny, but not because he is an incompetent bumbler — it’s because he is a statist and a collectivist and the citizens of our country naively gave the reins of power to a tyrant.
    The White House has marginalized and he has proven himself to be the most inept president in modern history, and the worst steward of the economy since the nation’s founding. He is symbolic of a man who has downgraded the White House, the Constitution, human life, foreign policy, and race relations — and America herself..

  • Anonymous

    Rein in the NLRB?   Just get rid of the damn thing……and a whole bunch of other assinine Fed agencies as well.

  • Anonymous

    Rein in the NLRB?   Just get rid of the damn thing……and a whole bunch of other assinine Fed agencies as well.

  • bigdave

    THE FIRST ORDER OF THE DAY….START IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST OBAMA…TIE HIS HANDS SO HE CAN NOT MAKE ANYMORE DECISIONS…FIRE HIS CZARS(NO PENSIONS EITHER!), GET RID OF THE NLRB, AND ALL THINGS UNION. NOTHING BUT CRIMINALS RUN THE UNIONS, IT IS STRICTLY A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE WITH A FEW GETTING VERY WEALTHY AT DUMB WORKERS EXPENSE, AND KEEPING THE CROOKS IN WASHINGTON IN POWER.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EMD4V5VZINTMANAIUYRB22XJ7U Brushjumper

      The House will never move to impeach the 1st BLACK Failed President in American History, and the Senate would not anyway. We can tie him up a little with HOUSE money, and investigations, but in the end America we must remove this person from office in 2012 and win the Senate majority. He is a very dangerous man to America period.