The Union-Controlled NLRB Strikes Again!(full story from laborunionreport @ redstate.com)
Employees' Vote to Decertify Union Five Years Ago Voided Over Employer Handbook
Before going into the another, fairly-recent example of a union-run bureaucracy run amok, let’s review some of President Obama’s union-controlled NLRB’s actions to date:
- Prosecuting an employer for opting to open a non-union assembly plant
- Suing states whose voters prefer secret ballots over card check
- Finding an employer guilty of unfair labor practices for not letting off-duty workers of a contractor on to the employer’s property
- Giving unions the okay to let their union supporters threaten non-union supporters with physical violence
- Moving to humiliate employers, as well as giving unions access to employees and property
- Considering forcing all NLRA-covered employers to post notices telling employee how to unionize
- Contemplating letting unions unionize workers into micro-unions
- Undermining union-free employees by giving unions (and employers) the right to negotiate “sweetheart deals” (before the union represents said employees) in exchange for unionizing employees
Of course, as the NLRB has become union bosses’ go-to agency to enact an agenda that they couldn’t otherwise get through Congress, there are other NLRB actions than just these that are listed.
For example, in a recent case that has significant ramifications on employers and employees who wish to remain (or become) union-free, the Obama NLRB gave unsuccessful unions a way in which to use employers’ handbooks to nullify employee votes. Now, if employees reject unionization (or decertify a union), unions can get a “do over” simply based on the most frivolous of complaints about an employer’s handbook.
In the decision, published on March 28th, Obama’s NLRB issued ruled on a decertification election where unionized employees voted 47-46 to kick an unwanted union out of their workplace. The election took place nearly five years ago—in 2006.
However, due to the NLRB’s giving the union the ability to legally maneuver around the employees’ decertification by filing spurious unfair labor practice charges. As a result, the employees have been stuck in unionized limbo for nearly five years. Now, the NLRB has just decided the employees have to vote again.
While the details of the case are extremely interesting, the case should cause employers grave concerns about the policies in their employee handbooks going forward.