NLRB tightens leash on small business...

NLRB tightens leash on small business owners

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Jefferson City, MO

#1 Aug 27, 2011
The NLRB -- far exceeding its authority -- is now forcing its way into private-sector workplaces nationwide, even if workers don't want to labor under union-boss control and if the company has never been accused of an "unfair labor practice."

Mom and Pop shops, small businesses, larger companies -- even some religiously-affiliated organizations -- are now under the Obama Labor Board's microscope.

The NLRB implemented a new rule this week to require as many as SIX MILLION private-sector employers to post biased notices about the National Labor Relations Act that effectively serve as a roadmap to unionization.

After the outrageous complaint against Boeing and the proposed ambush elections scheme, this latest Obama Labor Board move may be its most pernicious yet.

You see, the NLRB has two chief functions.

First, it administers union certification and decertification elections. Second, it adjudicates cases when workers, employers, or union officials file unfair labor practice charges against either unions or companies.

But now the NLRB has invented out of whole cloth a new unfair labor practice without Congressional approval. No other federal agency has ever made it unlawful to fail to post a notice that wasn't required by Congress.

Any job provider that fails to post the biased notice could find itself forced into a lengthy and costly legal battle.

Mom and Pop can't afford that.

What makes the new rule even more troubling is that anyone can file the unfair labor practice charge -- not just the company's employees.

The new rule hands aggressive union organizers another weapon in so-called "corporate campaigns" in which they drag a business through the mud in the media with frivolous accusations of employer misconduct.

Union bosses only back off after the business agrees to throw its employees under the bus and let the union launch an abusive "card check" organizing campaign.

This "top-down" union organizing strategy frequently involves a team of union agents showing up at workers' homes and browbeating them with misleading statements, outright lies, and even intimidation until the worker agrees to sign a so-called "union authorization card" instead of a secret-ballot election.

Meanwhile, experts believe the NLRB is scheming to impose card check "neutrality agreements" on businesses found to have committed labor law violations.

Media reports in the Boeing case revealed that the NLRB's Acting General Counsel tried to force Boeing into a settlement to let union officials gain monopoly bargaining power over employees through card check.

This latest power grab is yet more evidence of its desperate desire to pay off Big Labor before the next election, and it's an invitation to Big Labor to run card check campaigns everywhere in America.

Moreover, the posting's pro-forced unionism bias couldn't be clearer.

No mention of workers' right to decertify an unwanted union.

No mention of workers' right to demand a secret-ballot election if aggressive union organizers try to strong-arm their way into a workplace.

No mention of workers' right to divert forced union dues to a charity if they have a conscientious, religious objection to union membership.

No mention of workers' right to refrain from financially supporting union-boss politics or, if they work in a Right to Work state, to opt out of paying any forced "fees."

Federal labor law is supposedly intended to help workers protect their rights.

The biased and ideologically-charged Obama Labor Board, however, has turned into an organizing tool for Big Labor.

And it's all designed to give union bosses and unelected bureaucrats even more power over workers and job providers alike -- at a time when our economy continues to languish.

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