We’ve been saying for quite some time that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) cares about little else other than its own existence and pushing the agenda of Big Labor bosses.
Clearly, the NLRB has become unhinged when it tells American companies that it’s unlawful to control access to their workplaces. But the Board has done just that and, as long as Barack Obama is President of the United States, he will continue appointing union extremists to the NLRB, business confidence will continue to erode, and the once vibrant American economy will be replaced with a stagnant mess dominated by government bureaucrats. Read more about it in Fred Wszolek’s piece in Real Clear Policy.
Worst yet, last Friday the NLRB issued an in-your-face order to the employer involved, one of our nation’s largest employers, Marriott International, reaffirming its prior decision. In its case against Marriott, the NLRB nitpicked at the company’s off-duty “access” and facility use” rules” – – and found them unlawful. The Board’s reasoning: supervisors understandably concerned about maintaining a safe and secure workplace can’t ask off-duty employees why they need access to the facility site because it may interfere with a worker’s right to engage in union activity.
Even though Marriott pointed out that it had a positive relationship with its unions and there was absolutely no evidence of anti-union animus, the NLRB didn’t budge. . Instead, adding insult to injury, the Board ignored Marriott’s persuasive argument that its rules were not passed in response to Section 7 activity, were never used to interfere with Section 7 activity and employee’s would not possibly perceive the rules as restricting their Section 7 rights.
The Obama Board is dismantling many of the thoughtful decisions issued by prior Boards over the decades. Its shortsighted partisanship will undermine, not further, labor-management relations and with it, the economy .