The Obama Administration’s Anti-Worker, Anti-Business Agenda

The Hill
By Heather Greenaway
At a time of economic uncertainty, the Obama administration continues to endorse and even promote anti-business practices. In April, a new rule by the National Labor Relations (NLRB) board came online that would significantly tighten the amount of time required to hold union elections.

The “ambush” election ruling comes on the heels of a decision to allow “micro-unions” giving small groups of workers the ability to form collective bargaining units, upending decades of labor law in a giveaway to union bosses. Both of these renderings take away workers’ rights and drive up costs for businesses.

After receiving over $1 billion in campaign donations from Big Labor in 2008 and 2012, President Obama has consistently supported policies that aid union bosses, while undercutting job creators and workers. With union membership steadily declining in recent years, Big Labor is desperate to do anything to boost its membership rolls.

The “ambush” election ruling reduces the time required for union elections from an average of 38 days to as few as 11 days. Between 2004 and 2014, elections that took place within 36 to 42 days favored labor 60 percent of the time compared to 86 percent for elections held in under 21 days. It’s not hard to understand why union bosses have been pushing for the rule change.

To make matters worse, businesses are now required to give union organizers an unprecedented amount of information about their workers, including shift times, work locations and personal contact information such as home addresses and cell phone numbers. Labor bosses have already proven they are willing to go to great lengths to coerce workers to support union formation, including harassing employees at their homes. Now, with this additional information, union organizers will be able to harass employees on the job in front of their co-workers and at their homes in front of their families, while at the same time calling and emailing them. The rule is not fair to individuals who just want to make a living; instead, it makes serves as an undue burden.

Workers are not the only ones who are hurt by the “ambush” election ruling. Small businesses, that often do not have in-house lawyers to deal with complex labor issues, will have little or no time to get sufficient legal advice to ensure they are complying with the new rules. Additionally, the employers’ automatic right to a post-election NLRB review is abolished, replaced by discretionary reviews. This clearly benefits union bosses who will have a less oversight of their suspect practices.

The micro-union decision reached by Obama’s Labor Board also benefits union bosses by allowing them to organize small segments of a business and gain a foothold in a firm. Micro-unions will make businesses less efficient and negatively impact worker cohesion, which will have a disproportionate impact on the retail industry.

Micro-unions sow discontent within companies as groups of workers compete with each other for favorable contract terms and benefits resulting in increased acrimony and red tape. This will make the management of small businesses increasingly difficult due to increased costs forcing some employers to either close their doors or increase prices on goods they sell or produce.

“Ambush” elections and micro-unions subvert the rights of workers by tipping the scales in favor of desperate union bosses. The Congress should continue to fight Obama’s Labor Board by seeking to pass legislation undoing their giveaways to union bosses or eliminating the funding which enables them to undertake these harmful policies.

Our government should stand up for the rights of everyone, including employees and employers. Capitulating to union bosses at the expense of workers’ rights is not the role of a government agency funded by our taxpayer dollars.

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WFI Responds To Senate Failure To Override Obama “Ambush” Election Veto

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May 6, 2015                                                                 202-677-7060
Washington, D.C. (May 6, 2015) – The Workforce Fairness Institute today issued the following statement in response to the failure of the U.S. Senate to override President Obama’s veto of legislation undoing the “ambush” election rule put in place by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB):

“Workers and business owners appreciate the hard work and effort on the part of elected officials to stop new the ‘ambush’ election rule enacted by President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board. This new policy is a giveaway to Obama’s political patrons, and allows union bosses to hold organizing elections in as few as 11 days while gaining access to workers’ private contact information,” said Heather Greenaway, spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI). “It is now abundantly clear that Congress must use its power of the purse and not allow such a disastrous rule to be funded with taxpayer dollars. It is time to send a message to the government bureaucrats doing Big Labor’s bidding: the American people will not allow tax dollars to be used to threaten their livelihoods and pay off special interests.”

BACKGROUND:

U.S. Senate Fails To Undo Obama Veto On “Ambush” Elections. “The Senate on Tuesday sustained President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill that would have scrapped a new government rule on union elections. It marked the second time that Congress has failed to override an Obama veto since Republicans took control of the House and Senate in January … Critics say the new rules give unions a chance to ambush employers with demands for votes on representation. Opponents say it could shorten the typical time between a union’s petition for recognition from more than a month to less than two weeks.” (Andrew Taylor, “Senate Sustains Obama Veto Of Bill Gutting Union Rules,” The Associated Press, 5/5/15)

The Workforce Fairness Institute is an organization committed to educating voters, employers, employees and citizens about issues affecting the workplace. To learn more, please visit: http://www.workforcefairness.com.

To schedule an interview with a Workforce Fairness Institute representative, please contact Ashley Pratte at (202) 677-7060.

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Obama’s crusade for Big Labor continues

The Washington Examiner
By Heather Greenaway
Over the past several decades, organized labor has been experiencing a crisis as membership rolls continue to decline to record lows. In 2014, the Labor Department reported that union membership fell again to 11.1 percent of workers, down from 11.3 percent the previous year. Today, it stands barely over six percent in the private sector, while government workers largely contributing to the ranks of union members

The fall in the unionization rate can be assigned to various factors, including a leeriness among workers to join collective bargaining units, give away some of their hard-earned dollars and become exposed to the underhanded tactics employed by union bosses. The unwillingness of workers to join labor unions was on display just this month as the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) was forced to cancel a unionizing vote at Boeing’s South Carolina production facility due to a lack of support.

This cancellation, which garnered national attention, was the culmination of several tense days in which IAM organizers used intimidation tactics against Boeing workers, including showing up at employees’ homes.

With labor organizers becoming more and more desperate similar events are expected to become even more commonplace. And the federal National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is doing everything possible to pave the way for the harassment and bullying of even more workers.

On April 14, the NLRB’s “ambush” election ruling went into effect, giving union bosses unprecedented tools to pressure and coerce employees. The new rule will require business owners to hand over their employees’ phone numbers and email addresses, in addition to all of the previous information already required for disclosure, as soon as a union election petition has been filed.

The new rule also drastically shortens the window in which an election can be held — to as few as 11 days, down from an average of 38. This is a significant change. According to the NLRB’s own data from 2004 to 2014, union organizers were victorious 60 percent of the time when an election took place within 36 and 42 days. That percentage jumped to 86 percent when an election was held in under 21 days.

The “ambush” rule is par for the course for the Obama administration, which has worked hard to save unions from irrelevance. NLRB rulings in case after case have consistently provided union bosses new opportunities to go after employees and employers in an effort to bolster their declining membership. When Congress advanced a bipartisan bill earlier this year to reverse the “ambush” election decision, President Obama — on whose behalf union bosses had promised to spend $1 billion in the 2012 election — vetoed the bill. It was one of only four vetoes he has cast in more than six years on the job.

While pro-union decisions by the Obama Labor Board are certainly detrimental to major job creators such as Boeing, they are even more destructive to small business owners who don’t have the luxury of in-house lawyers to administer to shortened election timelines or the resources to educate employees about the pros and cons of forming a union. Today, these employers continue to fight hard to recover from the Great Recession in what is supposedly the sixth year of an economic recovery.

With the Obama administration unwilling to stand up for workers and small businesses, Congress must carry the fight by sending more legislation to upend these rules. Our representatives in Washington should consider drastically altering the NLRB’s budget, in order to disable it from doing any more harm.

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The Anti-Business Agenda Of The Obama Administration

Hector Barreto
April 21, 2015
Inside Sources

Anti-business policies have unfortunately become the norm for the Obama Administration. From the Affordable Care Act to Dodd-Frank, the last six years have been hard for job creators across the United States, even as they strive to hire new workers and lift an anemic economic recovery.

Anti-competitive regulations have taken center stage in recent days with the implementation of a new rule by President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The aptly named “ambush” election ruling, which came into effect on April 14, allows labor bosses to call organizing elections in as few as 13 days – down from the previous average of 38 days.

This policy change has no practical explanation, other than it is repayment to union bosses who spent $1 billion to help elect and re-elect President Obama. As union membership has declined in recent years, President Obama has stacked the NLRB with Big Labor cronies who have continually enacted policies that make it significantly harder for employers, particularly small businesses. The “ambush” election ruling is just the latest iteration of an anti-business agenda enacted by the Obama’s Labor Board at the behest of union bosses.

According to the NLRB’s own data, the shorter the election time, the more likely it will be for a shop to approve unionization. Between 2004 and 2014, labor bosses were successful in 60 percent of elections that occurred within 36 to 42 days. However, when elections were held in under 21 days, they were victorious an incredible 86 percent of the time. Moving up election times disproportionately tips the scales toward union bosses – exactly what Big Labor and the Obama Administration intends.

While this policy is bad for all employers, small businesses would be acutely affected. These companies, which account for nearly 50 percent of private sector employment, often operate on razor-thin margins. Under the “ambush” election rule, union bosses will be able to lay the groundwork for months to prime workplaces for elections, putting small businesses on the defensive. Unfortunately, smaller companies frequently do not have in-house labor lawyers and will not have adequate time to obtain the necessary counsel to ensure they are complying with all laws.

Additionally, under the new “ambush” rules, union organizers can approach any worker for their support, but voter eligibility will not be determined until after the election. This is a stark change from tradition, which allowed workers ample time to secure information prior to the election. Worse, employers’ automatic post-election NLRB review will now be eliminated, replaced by discretionary reviews. Looking at the new rule as a whole, it is clear that the Obama Labor Board has done everything it can to ensure union bosses are significantly better off.
Earlier this year, pro-business members of both the U.S. House and Senate passed a bill that would have overruled the NLRB on the “ambush” ruling. Predictably, President Obama vetoed the bill – making it only the fourth piece of legislation that he has rejected. Despite famously calling for a new way of doing business in Washington, D.C., President Obama continues to show an unwavering proclivity for helping Big Labor at the expense of American small business owners.

These policies are seriously hurting the very backbone of our economy. And they must be stopped.

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Ambush Elections: A Raw Deal for Workers and Businesses

Townhall

Heather Greenaway

April 15, 2015
No matter how you slice it, America’s union bosses are facing an existential crisis. And as their anxiety grows, so do the attacks against workers and small businesses.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 11.1 percent of wage and salary workers were members of a union in 2012. In 1983, 20.1 percent of workers were unionized. And the numbers are even smaller when excluding the public sector (i.e. government). This undeniable trend has not been lost on labor bosses and their army of organizers, who are increasingly relying on desperate tactics to stop the erosion of membership.

During the 2008 and 2012 election cycles, union bosses spent more than $1 billion to help elect President Obama. And they were rewarded handsomely for their efforts. Among the many decisions reached by President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that have benefited Big Labor, the “ambush” election ruling – which came online on April 14 – is particularly egregious. It makes it possible for union organizers to hold organizing elections in as few as 13 days.

According to data from the NLRB, shortening the time for elections greatly increases the likelihood that an employer will be unionized. Between 2004 and 2014, when an election took place between 36 and 42 days, labor bosses were successful 60 percent of the time. However, when an election took place in under 21 days, they were successful 86 percent of the time.

The fact is, the shorter the election period, the less time small business owners have to educate their workers about the negative consequences associated with unionization.

Even more concerning are the implications for personal privacy under the new rule – specifically a provision that compels employers to give union bosses more personal information about their employees, extending to email addresses and cell phone numbers. This gives labor bosses additional means to pressure and harass employees to support unionization.

Workers are not the only ones who get a raw deal as “ambush” elections are put into place. Small businesses – the backbone of our economy – will also be adversely impacted. While union organizers will still have months to plan for elections, employers, most of whom do not have in-house lawyers, will have to scramble to make sure they comply with complex labor laws.

There was hope earlier this year that Congress would stop President Obama’s “ambush” elections and protect workers and businesses from the fallout. Both the U.S. House and Senate passed legislation that would have overruled the policy change. Instead, President Obama vetoed the legislation, and sided with campaign backers and union bosses over American workers and business owners.

The “ambush” election decision is the latest example of a troubling trend within the United States. As our small business owners work hard to put the Great Recession in the rearview mirror, they’re being held back by anti-competitive decisions made by the most ideological NLRB in our nation’s history. Worse yet, their workers are being exposed to coercion and intimidation at the hands of labor organizers, which has been sanctioned by their own government who they find with their hard-earned tax dollars.

Unless concerned citizens rally together against these deeply flawed policies, the Obama Labor Board will continue to prop up union bosses at the expense of Americans seeking nothing more than making a living for themselves.

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WFI Commends House & Senator Leaders For Fighting Back Against “Ambush” Elections

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April 14, 2015                                                                   202-677-7060

WFI Commends House & Senator Leaders For Fighting Back Against “Ambush” Elections

Washington, D.C. (April 14, 2015) – The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) today applauded U.S. House and Senate leaders for introducing legislation that would reverse the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) disastrous ruling on “ambush” elections, which allows union bosses to hold organizing elections in as few as 13 days and gain access to workers’ private contact information. The rule went into effect today, April 14.

“American workers and business owners have fought tirelessly to provide for their families and carve out their own piece of the American Dream,” said Fred Wszolek, spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI). “It is wrong that President Obama has consistently sided against workers and with Big Labor interests after they helped bankroll both of his elections to the tune of $1 billion. His administration’s policies have hurt American employees and employers, and we applaud Senators Alexander and Isakson, as well as Representatives Kline and Roe for fighting to stop Obama’s ‘ambush’ elections in its tracks.”

Background:

U.S. House & Senate Leaders Introduce Legislation Reversing NLRB’s Ambush Election Rule. “House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN), Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), House Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN), and Senate Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-GA) today introduced legislation that will preserve long-standing union election procedures by safeguarding the right of workers to make informed decisions about union representation, ensuring the ability of employers to communicate with their employees, and protecting the privacy of workers and their families.” (“House, Senate Leaders Continue Fight Against Ambush Union Elections,” U.S. House Education & The Workforce Committee, 4/14/15)

The Workforce Fairness Institute is an organization committed to educating voters, employers, employees and citizens about issues affecting the workplace. To learn more, please visit: http://www.workforcefairness.com.

To schedule an interview with a Workforce Fairness Institute representative, please contact Ashley Pratte at (202) 677-7060.

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President’s Veto Puts Big Labor Over Workers

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March 31, 2015                                                                   202-677-7060

President’s Veto Puts Big Labor Over Workers
Obama Owns “Ambush” Elections

Washington, D.C. (March 31, 2015) – The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) today condemned President Obama’s decision to veto a Congressional joint resolution that would prevent labor unions from holding fast-track “ambush” elections using a controversial National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule. Despite the fact that the resolution was approved by the U.S. Senate 53-46 and passed 232-186 in the U.S. House of Representatives, the president today made this measure his fourth veto.

“President Obama has once again demonstrated where his real loyalties lie,” said Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) spokesperson Fred Wszolek. “Instead of listening to the American people’s elected representatives in Congress and acting to protect our jobs, Obama has sided with union bosses yet again in their mission to railroad workers and small businesses. This veto is an endorsement of a gross overreach by the National Labor Relations Board and sanctions bullying tactics that tarnish the workplace election process. American employers will not stop fighting against President Obama’s ‘ambush’ elections, and any unfair practice that kills American jobs and hurts workers in an effort to pay back Big Labor bosses.”

Background:

“President Obama Vetoes Bill Undoing ‘Ambush’ Elections.” “President Obama vetoed a GOP-backed resolution Tuesday that would halt a National Labor Relations Board rule making it easier for workers to hold so-called ‘ambush’ union-organizing elections, his second veto since Republicans took control of the Senate in January. The president said the congressional action would block ‘modest but overdue reforms to simplify’ union elections.” (Dave Boyer, “President Obama Vetoes Bill Undoing ‘Ambush’ Elections,” The Washington Times, 3/31/15)

The Workforce Fairness Institute is an organization committed to educating voters, employers, employees and citizens about issues affecting the workplace. To learn more, please visit: http://www.workforcefairness.com.

To schedule an interview with a Workforce Fairness Institute representative, please contact Ashley Pratte at (202) 677-7060.

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WFI Calls On President Obama To Stand With Workers & Stop “Ambush” Elections

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March 19, 2015                                                                   202-677-7060

WFI Calls On President Obama To Stand With Workers & Stop “Ambush” Elections

 Union Bosses Don’t Need Another Handout From Executive Branch

Washington, D.C. (March 19, 2015) – The Workforce Fairness Institute today called on President Obama to sign the joint resolution (S.J. Res. 8) which would protect American workers from Big Labor’s “ambush” elections.  With today’s 233-181 vote in the U.S. House of Representatives, this resolution disapproving of the controversial National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule has now been passed by Congress.  The Senate approved the measure 53-45 earlier this month.

“Congress has acted and the elected representatives of the American people have spoken,” said Fred Wszolek, spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI).  “The message is clear: the National Labor Relations Board must no longer be allowed to trample on the rights of workers and small businesses.  The Board wants to prevent employers from being able to make their case in union elections and block employees from hearing all the facts.  When Big Labor forces an ‘ambush’ election, everyone loses except the union bosses.  That’s precisely with whom President Obama and his NLRB have sided throughout the duration of this administration, but it is now time to stop these job-killing policies and stand with workers.”

The Workforce Fairness Institute is an organization committed to educating voters, employers, employees and citizens about issues affecting the workplace.  To learn more, please visit: http://www.workforcefairness.com.

To schedule an interview with a Workforce Fairness Institute representative, please contact Ashley Pratte at (202) 677-7060.

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