1/21/11

Oppressive NLRB Stiffs Worker-Choice

WH puts union bigs ahead of the rank-and-file
Last November, voters in Arizona - a right-to-work state if ever there was one - voted on a ballot measure that would protect a right held dear by organized workers throughout the country: the right to decide by secret ballot whether and when to form a union.

The constitutional amendment was prompted by the looming prospect of a union-supported congressional majority and a union-friendly president combining to enact a law known as "card check," which would render the right to a secret vote essentially moot.

The Arizona amendment passed, and the effort in Congress failed. And a political campaign on which America's largest labor unions had staked tens of millions of dollars came screeching to a halt. But only temporarily, as it now appears.

Now, the National Labor Relations Board, the agency charged with overseeing federal labor laws, is doing the unions' bidding, instead. The NLRB has informed the four states that have enacted constitutional amendments to guarantee the secret ballot that it will sue them.

The NLRB argues that the amendments are pre-empted by the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution. But to get to that position, the NLRB has turned inside-out its mission to protect the rights of workers. The agency now claims that the four states are inhibiting the rights of employers by asserting a constitutional right to a secret ballot.

The threat of suit on behalf of employers is disingenuous.

In recent weeks, President Barack Obama has indicated a strong interest in changing his image as an anti-business president. This latest action by the the NLRB, nominally independent though it may be, is unlikely to help that cause
(from azcentral.com)

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