Theater of the Absurd: The NLRB Takes on the Employee Handbook

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Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 4:45pm

When Congress passed the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA or the Act) in 1935 to promote stability in labor relations, it created a quasijudicial agency, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board), and charged it with implementing the law. In subsequent decades, the NLRB functioned reasonably well with appointees from both political parties, serving as the rational arbiter Congress seemed to have in mind.

Unfortunately, in recent years, rather than serving as an impartial referee, the NLRB has become dominated ny a decidedly pro-union majority. These activitst Board members have disregarded the overarching objectives of the NLRA and disrupted the careful balance that the Board has traditionally sought. Instead, this majority, along with the Board's appointed General Counsel, have pursued a one-sided agenda at the expense of employers and workers.

When Congress passed the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA or the Act) in 1935 to promote stability in labor relations, it created a quasijudicial agency, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board), and charged it with implementing the law. In subsequent decades, the NLRB functioned reasonably well with appointees from both political parties. Notwithstanding policy differences arising from different ideological perspectives, the NLRB served as the rational arbiter Congress seemed to have in mind. Indeed, many NLRB precedents have stood for years, if not decades, because of the Board’s efforts to balance the rights of employers, unions, and workers alike.
 
Unfortunately, in recent years the NLRB has changed. Rather than serving as an impartial referee, it has become dominated by a decidedly pro-union majority. These activist Board members have disregarded the overarching objectives of the NLRA and disrupted the careful balance that the Board has traditionally sought. Instead, this majority, along with the Board’s appointed General Counsel, have pursued a one-sided agenda at the expense of employers and workers.
- See more at: http://www.workforcefreedom.com/publications/new-report-theater-absurd-n...
When Congress passed the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA or the Act) in 1935 to promote stability in labor relations, it created a quasijudicial agency, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board), and charged it with implementing the law. In subsequent decades, the NLRB functioned reasonably well with appointees from both political parties. Notwithstanding policy differences arising from different ideological perspectives, the NLRB served as the rational arbiter Congress seemed to have in mind. Indeed, many NLRB precedents have stood for years, if not decades, because of the Board’s efforts to balance the rights of employers, unions, and workers alike.
 
Unfortunately, in recent years the NLRB has changed. Rather than serving as an impartial referee, it has become dominated by a decidedly pro-union majority. These activist Board members have disregarded the overarching objectives of the NLRA and disrupted the careful balance that the Board has traditionally sought. Instead, this majority, along with the Board’s appointed General Counsel, have pursued a one-sided agenda at the expense of employers and workers.
- See more at: http://www.workforcefreedom.com/publications/new-report-theater-absurd-n...