At a recent labor conference, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) general counsel, Richard Griffin, spoke about his priorities and offered interesting insights into his views of the Board’s direction. Unfortunately, those insights reveal a telling disconnect between the proclivities of the activist Board and the business realities facing the employers it regulates.
Labor unions and their so-called worker center allies planned a ‘day of protest’ on May 15 as part of their ongoing campaign against employers in the fast food industry. However, despite publicly boasting that the protests would expand to at least 150 cities and more than 30 countries, the real number seems to have fallen well short of organizers’ claims.
DOL raised some eyebrows recently after a media report revealed that OSHA has been allowing union representatives to tag along on its inspections of non-union workplaces. The revelation highlights a new twist in unions’ ongoing efforts to harass employers through the vehicle of government, a tactic they have employed increasingly to reverse labor’s 50+ year decline in membership.
Given the failure of the “card check” bill of several years ago, the ambush election rule is one of several proposals that the NLRB seeks to revive the spirit, if not the letter, of that flawed legislation.
As we have come to learn, “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” turned out to be what one publication called the “Lie of the Year.” It’s becoming clear that unions are not immune to the results of this deception.
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