WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator John Thune introduced a bill (S. 1666) today that would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from requiring employers to post a notice about how to establish a union.
“This is yet another example of a federal overreach by this administration that benefits their special interest allies at the expense of American businesses currently struggling to create jobs,” said Thune. “This administration is making a habit of using regulatory policies to strengthen unions and harm the economy. In these difficult times, the last thing government should be doing is putting road blocks in front of American businesses as they attempt to do their part to turn our economy around and create jobs.”
The NLRB rule was set to take effect on November 14th, however yesterday the date was extended to January 31st. In the meantime, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is set to hear arguments in the lawsuits that several business groups have filed against the NLRB challenging the agency’s authority to issue the regulation. A decision is expected before the new effective date.
The final notice posting regulation came on August 25th, just days before the NLRB decided three cases that:
- Overturn precedent and increase unionization efforts at the expense of workers and businesses;
- Make it harder for workers to get rid of a union imposed on them against their wishes in the case of company merger or when a company enters into a voluntary agreement with a union; and
- Change what qualifies as a collective bargaining unit by allowing labor organizers to target smaller groups within an organization to form multiple smaller unions that will disrupt the workplace and drive up labor costs.
These NLRB actions are in addition to an ongoing dispute with Boeing, Inc. over their new assembly plant in South Carolina being built in a right-to-work state.
“It is clear that the Obama Administration’s burdensome regulatory activity and the NLRB’s pro-Big Labor agenda take precedence over job creation and policies that help economic recovery,” concluded Thune.