President Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board once again is doing Big Labor’s bidding, providing “payback” to union bosses for their past political support. Last week, they told a private company – Boeing – they could not build a manufacturing plant in a right-to-work state. This week, they are planning to sue states that have taken steps to protect workers’ rights. The New York Times reported today that the NLRB plans to sue Arizona and South Dakota for defending the secret ballot in union organizing elections.
The National Labor Relations Board has told state officials that it will soon file federal lawsuits against Arizona and South Dakota in seeking to invalidate those states’ constitutional amendments that prohibit private sector employees from choosing to unionize through a procedure known as card check. In a letter sent on Friday, the labor board told those states that it would invoke the United States Constitution’s supremacy clause in asserting that the state constitutional amendments conflict with federal laws and are pre-empted by those laws. One federal official said the lawsuits would be filed in the next few days. The Arizona and South Dakota constitutional amendments were promoted by various conservative groups worried that Congressional Democrats would pass legislation allowing unions to insist on using card check in organizing drives, meaning that an employer would have to recognize a union as soon as a majority of workers signed pro-union cards. Under current law, private sector employers can insist that secret ballots be used when unions are trying to organize.
Last year a debate occurred across America, and candidates across the country supported a pro-jobs agenda , vowing to protect the secret ballot in union organizing elections. Big Labor lost and workers and job-creators won.
Instead of promoting a pro-jobs agenda in a turbulent economy, President Obama’s NLRB has declared war on job-creators and workers, and continues to provide evidence that the Obama Administration is focused on bailing out Big Labor instead of protecting jobs in America. Their recent actions show that the small business community must remain vigilant and know that “independent agencies” will continue to do Big Labor’s bidding.