History Repeats Itself at the NLRB
The Obama National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has a long history of benefiting Big Labor at the expense of working families and small business owners. They also have a bad habit of dismissing legitimate concerns while advancing their activist agenda. History repeated itself yet again in a partisan decision redefining what it means to be an employer. Here is how the board’s Democratic majority responded to those opposed to its joint employer ruling:
Our colleagues’ long and hyperbolic dissent persistently mischaracterizes the standard we adopt today and grossly exaggerates its consequences …
If only it were true. But as the evidence has shown again and again, concerns about the harm inflicted on workers and job creators by the NLRB’s radical policies soon become reality:
This administrative overreach will stifle employers’ free speech, cripple workers’ free choice, and jeopardize the privacy of workers and their families. It will completely upend an election process that has worked well for decades, one that is fair and designed to foster agreement.
And they were right. Despite the NLRB’s insistence that concerns were “predicated on erroneous speculation”:
Exhibit B: In response to the NLRB’s unprecedented micro-union scheme, Chairman John Kline said:
The new standard empowers union leaders to manipulate workplaces for their own gain, with dramatic consequences in the real world. Some employers will be constantly engaged in costly labor disputes and workers will compete against their coworkers for wages and benefits.
Sure enough, that’s exactly what’s happening:
The board has set a dangerous precedent that will lead to higher costs for consumers and fewer jobs for workers. This radical scheme will also threaten the livelihoods of men and women who achieved the dream of owning a small business and will make it even harder for others to pursue the same opportunity.
And these are the same concerns raised by numerous small business owners across the country. The American people deserve the truth about bureaucratic schemes that will hurt their families and livelihoods. Of course, as we’ve seen before, they’re not getting it from the Obama NLRB. That’s why Congress is taking action to help ensure the future doesn’t repeat the failures of the past.
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