WASHINGTON, D.C. | July 21, 2011 -
Today, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce will vote on the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587), introduced on by Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC). This critical legislation would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from ordering any employer to relocate, shut down, or transfer a business under any circumstance.
Numerous organizations representing the nation's job creators have voiced their strong support for this legislation:
One of the most blatant examples of malevolent overreach by the NLRB is the unprecedented attempt by the agency's acting general counsel to mandate where and how one company can operate and create new jobs. This is not only a threat to that specific company, it is a direct assault against all businesses and a free market economy. - American Hotel and Lodging Association
The NLRB has also taken unprecedented steps to mandate where and how one company—Boeing—can operate and expand its business. The NLRB claims Boeing violated the law because of true statements the company made about costs related to repeated strikes. The federal government has no right to dictate where a company can or cannot create jobs. ABC supports H.R. 2587 which would encourage investment in our economy by guaranteeing that businesses and entrepreneurs retain the ability to decide where to conduct business and where to locate jobs. - Associated Builders and Contractors
BCFC believes the free enterprise system is the most productive and efficient provider of goods and services and strongly supports the federal government utilizing the private sector for commercially available products and services to the maximum extent possible. H.R. 2587 would protect jobs from government interference and helps support BCFC’s goal. We oppose the creation of unlevel playing fields and government selection of winners and losers in an otherwise competitive marketplace. By mandating where a business can be located, NLRB would be restricting competition, creating an unlevel playing field, and injecting government into the market, resulting in government interference with market competition. - Business Coalition for Fair Competition
We applaud the Committee for taking up the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act and encourage you to use every tool available to stop these rogue agencies from implementing policies to appease a single special interest at the expense of workers, businesses and our economy. If left unchecked, the NLRB’s and DOL’s actions will fuel economic uncertainty and have serious negative ramifications for millions of employers, U.S. workers they have hired or would like to hire, and consumers. - Coalition for a Democratic Workplace
While this legislation was prompted by the actions of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against one company, it is having an impact on the capital expenditure and hiring decisions of many more. A recent NAM member survey demonstrates the effect of the Boeing complaint and other NLRB actions on jobs. Of more than 1,000 responses, 69 percent said the NLRB’s actions will negatively affect their ability to create and grow jobs…if the NLRB complaint is successful, businesses and entrepreneurs will have little confidence that the federal government will not come in at any time to determine where they should locate and whom they should hire. - National Association of Manufacturers
The NLRB alleges that the Boeing Company discriminated against the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in violation of the National Labor Relations Act by building a new airplane manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina, instead of in Puget Sound, Washington. The NLRB has ordered an end to the work being done in Charleston. The precedent set by such action is a threat to job creators throughout the country. H.R. 2587 is a straightforward proposal which would prohibit the NLRB from ordering any employer to close, relocate, or transfer employment. - National Council of Chain Restaurants
Printing company owners must have the freedom to determine in which facilities they may plan, transfer or relocate employment without threat that the government will override those business decisions. As recent NLRB actions have demonstrated, such a threat is very present and obviously worrisome as employers attempt to salvage and once again grow business operations. Currently, the NLRB has existing remedies to ensure employers do not engage in unlawful labor practices. The added authority of the NLRB to dictate where a private company can or cannot create jobs is unnecessary and will inhibit job growth. H.R. 2587 is a straightforward, commonsense approach to amending the National Labor Relations Act to allow employers to do what they do best: create jobs. - Printing Industries of America
While Boeing will eventually have its day in court, the process will likely take years and exhaustive litigation expenses. In the meantime, businesses considering investing in new facilities in the United States will likely think twice and consider the risk that their decisions may be second guessed by the NLRB. By prohibiting the NLRB from seeking the extreme remedy of forcing the relocation of production, this legislation would help remove an element of uncertainty and encourage investment in new U.S. facilities. - U.S. Chamber of Commerce
To read more about the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act, click here.