The NLRB, Bringing Government Control to Every Workplace


The NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) regulations are proof that the White House wants to limit job growth to government and union jobs. They certainly do not care about jobs in general. The jobs bill is yet another payoff to continue union jobs for one more year, without making any substantive change to the underlying problem.

The underlying problem is that Obama believes only government should create and control jobs as he puts regulations in the way of the non-union and small business sector, and, as a result, our failure to recover outlasts any in recent history.

Look at what the NLRB is doing to Boeing as a good example. In October, 2009, Boeing opened a new manufacturing line in South Carolina, a right-to-work state, a state that desperately needs jobs. The NLRB regulators claim that opening a South Carolina plant was a punitive and retaliatory move to punish workers at Boeing’s Washington facility where strikes have caused delays in production. The NLRB further states that this violates federal law. The plant in South Carolina, where the 787 Dreamliner is slated to be built, employs 1000 people, but they are non-union.


The NLRB is causing delays at the South Carolina plant which might put the plant out of business and the 1000 South Carolinians on the unemployment line.

There is no evidence Boeing is punishing anyone since Washington continues to employ 25,000 unionized workers and there has been no cut in their wages or hours. South Carolina is a needed expansion, and why not build in a right-to-work state?

Prior to Obama’s reign, could you ever imagine a USA where a US company couldn’t build where it wants? This is a climate in which the government can do anything it wants, including domineering and bullying a private company.

Our current government would sooner let Boeing build in China than in South Carolina. The government told Gibson if they make their fretboards in India instead of the USA, the DOJ will leave them alone and I think this lends credence to my point. Gibson is non-union by the way and the lumber unions complained about Gibson before the recent Fish & Wildlife raids.

The NLRB is creating stifling and expensive rules that will make the USA into a Greece-like nation where most of our countrymen work for the government and all work for unions.

The National Labor Relations Board has a new regulation requiring virtually all private sector employers to post a notice (11×17) informing their employees of rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). It was supposed to take place this month, but it’s been delayed until January 31st so the NLRB can further educate and provide outreach. Apparently the government rules are causing confusion. What a shock! Who would have thought a bureaucracy out-of-control could cause confusion.

Three  lawsuits by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Chamber), the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Federation of Independent Businesses have been filed to stop this rule because the NLRB does not have the authority to do so. The Chamber filed theirs in South Carolina interestingly, and likely purposely. If a judge doesn’t file an injunction, this regulation will go through. Since when is the NLRB an arm of the unions? 

Employers can post “counter” notices next to the NLRB notice but it cannot contradict or dispute it. Employers can explain why the employer believes employees do not need union representation and the disadvantages of such, the benefits of an open culture, and the benefits they now receive without the union, according to FredLaw. Companies will have to consult a lawyer before posting their notice because the government will look for any picayune reason to sue in support of the unions.

If this isn’t an attack on free speech, or at least employers free speech, I don’t know what is. Many of those who are in unions don’t care, but they should care, because they will be future victims once this freedom is chipped away.

According to an article in Real Clear Politics: …Meanwhile, the Department of Labor recently proposed a change in reporting requirements for employers. Currently, firms have to disclose to federal officials any outside consultants they hire to meet with workers and attempt to persuade them not to unionize.

The Labor Department wants to dramatically expand the scope of the disclosure requirement to cover virtually any contact an employer has with a labor relations consultant “regardless of whether or not the consultant has direct contact with workers,” as the administration’s press release announcing the proposal puts it…

That means that every single time a consultant or any third party provides legal advice about union organizing, management and the consultant will be forced to file a report with the federal government. The report will require a great deal of information and there will be fees, fees, and more fees. Stiff penalties will apply if companies don’t comply, to say nothing of the grief from thuggish union supporters. This is another attack on free speech.

There is free speech for employees however. Ripping apart your boss on the Internet is a protected right.

Don’t forget card check which will eliminate the secret ballot so union bosses can intimidate non-union oriented people into voting for the union. The NLRB plans to force card check through by fiat since they positioned to help Obama ignore Congress.

The agency has begun the process by suing the states of Arizona and South Dakota because their citizens passed constitutional amendments that require secret ballot elections to form unions. They have threatened suits against South Carolina and Utah for passing similar laws.

Click here to find out why you should care about card check.

Now everyone is disabled and the NLRB supports every absurdity. Some hope to make ugliness a protected right. No matter your character flaw, it’s a protected disability. And everything is a right. Remember the Middle Eastern teacher who demanded three weeks off to go on a pilgrimage during the school year? Well, she won that suit.