Under President Obama, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has become little more than an appendage of big labor. With former AFL-CIO and SEIU lawyer Craig Becker leading the charge the NLRB has passed one anti-worker, anti-growth ruling after another. The worst amongst all NLRB offenses is most likely their lawsuit to stop Boeing from locating a manufacturing plant in the right-to-work state of South Carolina.
The lawsuit, which has certainly stifled job creation here in the United States, is the type of government action that encourages manufacturing jobs which may otherwise be located here in the U.S. to be sent overseas.
In an attempt to combat such blatant federal involvement in the business decisions of private companies, South Carolina Representative Tim Scott sponsored legislation called “The Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act,” which would stop the NLRB lawsuit in its tracks. The bill passed the House 238 to 186 today. Scott says the NLRB’s actions threaten more than 1,000 jobs in the Charleston area, “My legislation will remove the NLRB’s ability to kill jobs,” Scott said. “The government, especially the unelected board, does not need to be involved in the business decisions of the private sector.”
Scott’s bill would “ban the National Labor Relations Board from ordering any employer to shut down plants or relocate work, even if a company violates labor laws,” according to the Boston Herald.
Unfortunately, seven Republican conference members chose to side with big labor rather than job creators on this important legislation; Rep. Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY-20), Rep Grimm (R-NY), Rep. Young (R-AK), Rep. LaTourette (R-OH), Rep. McKinley (R-WA) and Rep. Meehan (R-PA).
With each day that goes by there are additional indications that our economy is in a recession. Worse yet, we have some in Congress who appear, based on today’s vote, to be more concerned with appeasing big labor allies rather than doing the right thing for our economy.