Labor Board Shutdown?
Posted on November 25, 2011 by Lou
Republicans are about to shut down the National Labor Relations Board.
Congressional conservatives are furious that the NLRB wants to speed up union certification elections and require companies to display information on representation rights.
So they’ve hatched a plan to deprive the board of a quorum and prevent any additional presidential appointments.
Their hysterical rhetoric peaked earlier this year when the NLRB charged Boeing with retaliating against unionized employees in Seattle for past strikes by moving work to South Carolina.
Big Business and its political allies want to wipe-out the last vestige of private sector unionism in the U.S. and have waged an aggressive and well-funded campaign against Obama’s “radical” labor board picks.
America’s anti-labor movement has enjoyed great success for more than 50 years, steadily reducing the percent of the unionized workforce.
Republicans would like to neutralize any efforts by the current board to level the playing field and then go in for the kill after the 2012 election.
They dream about a republican white house and congress and an all-out war on unions. For a preview, just look at how newly elected republican governors in Wisconsin and Ohio made attacks on state worker unions their number one priority.
It’s a good thing Occupy Wall Street came along to showcase income inequality.
Now the Labor Movement is obliged to move the message that the best way to close the wealth gap is through collective bargaining.
And to stop the republican plan for a complete government takeover next November.