In an address this week to the National Council of La Raza, President Obama admitted what we at WFI have long suspected—he is not interested in compromise, only in finding regulatory ways to work around Congress and push the agenda of his buddies in Big Labor. With regard to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and recent actions by his Department of Labor (DoL), isn’t he already doing just that?
Speaking about the current national debt crisis, the president told La Raza members at a meeting on Monday, “believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise you.” Well, Mr. President, it seems to us that you’ve been “doing things on your own” for quite some time.
Let’s take a look at how the NLRB and the Labor Department under Obama have been overstepping their bounds and sidestepping Congress all in the last few months.
- The NLRB’s widely-publicized complaint against Boeing made it clear that Big Labor bosses will receive political payback for their support of Obama’s candidacy.
- While the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act failed in Congress, the NLRB has been hard at work on enacting it via regulatory fiat, as WFI’s Fred Wszolek noted in his opinion piece this week.
- The NLRB has recently introducing an unfair rule change that would turn the current union organizing process into more of a union ambush. By implementing “quickie elections,” unions would be able to spring a union on both workers and small businesses alike without providing ample opportunity for both sides to present their case.
- The NLRB is working on sanctioning micro-units. For decades, union have not been able to establish themselves within a business if the majority of workers were not in favor of unionization. The NLRB wants to allow Big Labor to create micro units, unionizing only small groups of employees at one time. This allows the union to infiltrate a non-union business, even when the majority of employees and the employer are against it.
- The Labor Department is also currently proposing what is essentially a gag rule on employers during the union organizing process. By asking employers and their attorneys to disclose cumbersome amounts of legal and financial data if they make certain motions toward educating their employees about union organizing, the DoL seeks to silence the legitimate voice of business owners in the unionization process.
And all of this will be pushed through without the consideration of Congress. We are therefore a bit puzzled by the president’s remarks this week. It seems to us that he already enjoys a regulatory bonanza that bypasses elected officials and forces new rules on employers and business owners created by unelected government bureaucrats.
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