05.14.2012 in Big Government, Big Labor, Featured, Politics by Rick Manning 16

NLRB secret ballot election attack defunded in U.S. House of Representatives

National Labor Relations BoardBy Rick Manning — The U.S. House of Representatives took aim at the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) this past week by voting to prohibit the Obama-run labor board from using any funds to sue any state on the question of secret ballot elections.

The House action was led by Representative Jeff Duncan (R-SC) in response to the NLRB’s litigation against the states of South Dakota and Arizona, two of four states where voters overwhelmingly approved state constitutional amendments protecting workers rights to secret ballot union elections.

The taxpayer funded NLRB legal team jumped into action after the November 2010 election when voters in the states of Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah passed constitutional amendments that stopped union organizers from coercing employees to join.

Unfortunately, in the world of Obama’s NLRB, it is more concerned with suing states on behalf of its former Big Labor employers than protecting worker’s right to choose without threat of retaliation.

And that is when Representative Jeff Duncan, with the assistance of Americans for Limited Government (ALG), stepped into the fray.  First, Duncan offered legislation that would prohibit the NLRB attorneys from attacking the will of the people, but when the opportunity arose to amend legislation that funds the NLRB, he jumped on it.  His amendment stopping the NLRB’s frivolous attack on the people’s right to secret ballot elections was passed by a vote of 232 – 192, and has been sent on to the Senate as part of the Commerce, State, Justice appropriations bill.

Not surprisingly, the momentum created by the passage of the Duncan amendment restricting the NLRB legal action against the states has generated significant interest in the Senate.  While the road is more difficult in the Democratic Party controlled body, passage of the amendment in the legislation funding the NLRB, forces the issue to be dealt with both on the floor and potentially in a House-Senate conference committee.

If it accomplishes nothing else, it puts the NLRB on notice that it is in the cross hairs due to extremist actions that it has taken to benefit Obama’s Big Labor political allies.

The House of Representatives is also looking at curtailing the authority of the NLRB to legally take sides in a dispute between organized labor and a business or state through legislation that would strip away the agencies adjudicatory powers.

This legislation, H.R. 2978, by Representative Austin Scott (R-GA), would prevent the NLRB from spending taxpayer dollars to fund lawsuits or serve as investigator, prosecutor, judge and jury in employment law cases, instead allowing these cases to go directly to the federal court system to be contested between the two principles.

Scott has worked closely with ALG on the legislation stating, “I don’t think the bill would be where it would be without Americans for Limited Government.   Certainly getting the economy back on track having a smaller, more responsible government is one of the goals of ALG and I can’t thank them enough for their support.   In moving this legislation forward and the knowledge they provided and the information and facts they provided in regard to NLRB and working with us in the language of the bill.”

The Austin Scott legislation has already garnered 61 co-sponsors, and is expected to be considered in the House of Representatives this year.

Rick Manning is the Communications Director of Americans for Limited Government. You can follow Rick on Twitter at @rmanning957.

This article has 16 comments
  • Phil Bittle Sr 14.05.2012 3:25 PM

    … so what’s wrong with secret ballots … ???

  • MontieR 14.05.2012 4:30 PM

    It’s not about the secret ballot, it’s about the NLRB suing states that want to keep the secret ballot. The NLRB wants forced union membership.  

  • James Rhodes 14.05.2012 5:30 PM

    Than God!!  SOMEBODY up there in that group of brainless bureaucrats has the gumption to rise up against the NLRB and the unions to push for the will of the majority of Americans.  Thank you, Austin Scott and Jeff Duncan.  I surely wish I could vote for you two!!!

  • MT Hammer 14.05.2012 5:43 PM

    Just tell the union bosses their out make them an offerthey cant refuse . If they don’t we can transfer these outdated people and their cronies to the US PENAL COLONIES IN THE ALEUTIAN ISLANDS OPENING IN APRIL 2013.

  • Erik Osbun 14.05.2012 5:59 PM

    The NLRB needs to be restricted, because in itself the Obama NLRB is a restrictive bureau in the Communist mold.

  • dean 14.05.2012 6:12 PM

    Just defund the NLRB, PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • wasadoc 14.05.2012 6:39 PM

    ’bout time they started doing something

  • wasadoc 14.05.2012 6:40 PM

    And along with that, the “energy Dept, and the EPA”

  • f. lindsay 14.05.2012 6:55 PM

    YEAH- 

    UNIONS make ‘MADE IN AMERICA’ so EXPENSIVE we no longer produce NO CAN AFFORD 2 HIRE UNION EMPLOYEES.
    THANK YOU CONGRESS 4 GETTING SOMETHING RIGHT. WE DREAM OF A DAY when we are BUILDING& buying in AMERICA AGAIN.
    SO NO 2 OBAMA- NO 2 BIG UNIONS-NO 2 BIG GOVERNMENT- NO 2 ALL DEMOCRATS IN GOVERNMENT. THE DNC HAS BEEN OVER TAKEN  by the COMMUNIST PARTY. WHERE IS THE INVESTIGATION n2 #OBAMA’S COMMUNIST TIES?
    Congress  MUST PROTECT&DEFEND the US CONSTITUTION-
    ANYBODY BUT BO 2012

  • del 15.05.2012 9:22 AM

    Time for obozo and his union thugs to be brought to heal….Greed and power have corrupted this group of sorry aholes and they have totally ignored the wishes of We the People….We are not a banana republic with the impostor in the lead yet!

  • Bob Kellum 15.05.2012 11:35 AM

    But they traded away their power earlier this year by voting in a CR in a “Grand Deal” with Dems.  I’m beginning to wonder who is the biggest threat to our nation:  Unicorn knitting Dems, or spineless RINO enablers.
    This measure will die on the floor just like all of the other useless paper that’s been passed by this Congress.
    We MUST have Republicans that stand for Right and will use the spirit of “Hell No!” that conquered this new nation.  We MUST have men that will not trade away their power for political gain.  We MUST have men that say “I’ll stand my ground no matter what!”.
    (BTW…  I’ve seen some Women who put these RINOs to shame as well!!!!) 

  • DocFreeman 15.05.2012 1:18 PM

    This just another reason why the NLRB should be abolished.  They no longer are on the side of the working
    man.  They side with unions only.  Unions are known for running up companies
    operating cost with higher pay, more benefits, less work time which in turn makes
    products or services cost more.  This then
    leads to more people being laid off. 
    Today companies are more than willing to pay a good wage in turn for
    good work ethics.  The NLRB has changed
    sides and it is for the unions which is where everyone on the NLRB comes
    from.  If you want to keep the NLRB then
    is should be made up nonunion affiliated members.  The original intent was to have an agency
    that would help workers to bring their problems with a company to someone who
    would be a non-biased mediator.

  • Greg137 16.05.2012 1:50 AM

    They are trying to finally earn their paycheck! About time!!

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