Labor Union Report has the latest on the actions of the National Labor Relations Board – a big Friday news dump they’re hoping nobody but the unions will notice. They plan to rush to release “ambush election” rules by the end of the month, and they’re not allowing the lone Republican on the Board to have a say in the matter.
It seems that Friday afternoons are always the time to drop job-killing news on America’s job creators. In this case, the union appointees within Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board have issued a press releasestating they will be issuing their final rule on ambush elections on November 30th.
In mid-June, the union-controlled NLRB issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making on the procedures governing NLRB-conducted elections. Despite the fact that unions already win more than 60% of all secret-ballot elections and the median time frame between a union petition for and election and the election itself is 38 days, the proposed rule change would like shorten that time drastically, creating an “ambush” union campaign on targeted employers and employees.
When the NLRB’s union appointees issued the notice, it was met with a tremendous outcry from America’s employers, as well as the sole GOP member at the NLRB.
The board’s lone Republican, Brian Hayes, issued a vigorous dissent, saying the proposal would result in the type of “quickie elections” union leaders have long sought. Hayes claimed elections could be held in as little as 10 to 21 days from the filing of a petition, giving employers less of a chance to make their case.
“Make no mistake, the principal purpose for this radical manipulation of our election process is to minimize or, rather, to effectively eviscerate an employer’s legitimate opportunity to express its views about collective bargaining,” Hayes wrote.
Read the whole thing. They’re leaving Hayes out of the process completely, they aren’t going to even allow him to review the rule prior to its issuance. As LUR points out, Hayes should resign immediately to prevent the two remaining members from issuing any new rules.
Update: Lady Liberty linked – thanks!
Update 2: The Chamber of Commerce weighed in:
What the NLRB is trying to pull off is similar to what happened in 2009 with the National Mediation Board. In that instance, Chairwoman Elizabeth Dougherty was kept out the loop by her pro-union colleagues in the development of a proposal to make union organizing easier in the airline and railroad industries.
If the new proposal is anything like the one the NLRB released in June, then there areserious problems with the substance. What’s irksome here is that the NRLB is running roughshod over its own policymaking process. Instead of transparency, the pro-union members of the board want to ram through a pro-union rule. That’s putting politics ahead of good policy.
Well, politics above policy is pretty much the way things are done anymore.